Finish Your Holiday Shopping At The Airport With A Gorgeous, Boozy Skull

This Limited-Edition Crystal Head Vodka, John Alexander Artist Series, is only available in select duty-free shops.Crystal Head Vodka

A survey by the National Retail Federation late last year revealed that 53 percent of consumers or some whopping 126 million people aren’t finished with their Christmas shopping until the last Saturday before Christmas.

If you’re one of those 126 million people – or the ones like some of my relatives who don’t finish their shopping until Christmas Eve – and you’ve already checked your bags at the airport, don’t worry.  There are always the shops at the airport, and if you’re flying out of one of the dozens of airports with Duty Free Shopping stores, you’re not out of time – or out of great gifts. In fact, there are some unique gifts that can ONLY be found in these stores.

One such item is the Limited-Edition Crystal Head Vodka, John Alexander Artist Series. This iconic vodka, known for its skull-sculpted, crystal bottles, has been selling its first limited edition, artist series bottle only through duty-free travel stores in airports. That’s right. It’s not available in retail stores elsewhere.

This limited edition bottle is decorated with a finish derived from Alexander’s painting, Dancing on the Water Lilies of Life  (the real painting, completed in 1988, is displayed at the Dallas Museum of Art). Each of the 25,000 limited edition bottles are painted by hand by one of three craftsmen in a small workshop in Milan, Italy, and each bottle is numbered.

The John Alexander Artist Series No. 1 bottle comes in 750 ml size, and its suggested retail price is $149.95.  Domestically, you can find this on sale at Dufry Travel Retail outlets in Las Vegas, Chicago, Seattle, Houston, Minneapolis, Tampa, Newark and Detroit. It’s also for sale at outlets in Istanbul, Copenhagen, Amsterdam,  Berlin, Vienna, Hong Kong, Jeju (South Korea), and Sydney, among other places.

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The Australian Jewellery Brand You Should Have On Your Radar This Summer

Classic and yet of-the-moment, The Silver Collective is the Australian jewellery brand you should get to know, stat. Lending summer wardrobes a hit of shine, the brand’s collection of super-cool—and surprisingly affordable—minimalist pieces will elevate both your off-duty looks (think denim cut-offs and linen button-up blouses) and after-hours style.

Headed by mother-and-daughter duo Maria and Anastasia Papazoglou, the brand specialises in versatile Sterling Silver jewellery that transcends seasons. A mix of classic elegance and contemporary flourishes, the designs balance timeless style with modern detailing—think of them as heirlooms you’ll want to wear now.

Launching from home under the brand name ICONIC-STYLE in 2015, the label has since been rebranded as The Silver Collective. After two years of online business, the start-up now operates both online and from their year-old Sydney boutique.

The Silver Collective’s wide-ranging jewellery collection includes ultra-fine necklaces and chokers (perfect for layering under beach coverups or metallic party dresses), sculptural earrings and stackable rings. Despite the brand’s love of clean lines and a pared-back aesthetic, each season is crafted with unique personality. One of the brand’s best-sellers—and one of our top picks—the Pella necklace is made from an ancient gold-plated coin. Distinct in shape, it’ll add an insouciant edge to any summer look.

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We compared online shopping at Costco and Boxed, the ‘Costco for millennials,’ and one had a clear advantage over the other

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Costco’s website has a lot to offer, but it can be tricky to navigate.
  • Costco and Boxed are both bulk retailers that sell pretty much everything.
  • Boxed has been called the “Costco for millennials” because it’s an online-exclusive store with mobile ordering and speedy delivery. Costco also has an online store and mobile ordering, but its prices can be as much as 20% more there than in the physical warehouse stores.
  • Costco shoppers can shop online without a membership, but a 5% surcharge is applied at checkout.
  • The websites themselves have some obvious differences, and we found that one was much easier to use than the other.

Costco and Boxed – the so-called “Costco for millennials” – sell everything and anything in bulk.

Unlike Costco, Boxed is digitally native. It has mobile ordering and one-to-three-day delivery. It also offers free two-day shipping if you spend more than $49, and it doesn’t require a membership to make a purchase.

Costco has an online store in addition to its physical warehouses, but products across all categories tend to cost more online than in stores. Though the website allows shoppers to order from Costco without paying for a $60 annual membership, a 5% surcharge is applied at checkout. However, Costco has been taking some steps to reach more millennial shoppers, like offering two-day delivery through Costco Grocery and one-day delivery through a partnership with Instacart.

One of the most clear differences between Costco and Boxed is that Boxed members don’t need to pay an annual fee to access the savings. But the company did recently launch Boxed Up, a premium service that costs $49 a year and provides shoppers with perks like free shipping on orders over $20, 2% cashback rewards, and price matching with competitors.

Both websites offer major savings for bulk shoppers, but upon trying both, I found one was easier to use than the other. See what it’s like to shop at each:

Costco was the first site I went to. On the homepage were members-only savings deals, buyers’ picks, and a selection of different featured products in a variety of categories.

Costco was the first site I went to. On the homepage were members-only savings deals, buyers' picks, and a selection of different featured products in a variety of categories.

It was hugely different from the Boxed homepage, which was very simple and sleek. Scrolling down on the Boxed homepage, there were links leading to more information about bow Boxed gives back to different causes.

It was hugely different from the Boxed homepage, which was very simple and sleek. Scrolling down on the Boxed homepage, there were links leading to more information about bow Boxed gives back to different causes.

Costco had far more departments on its website, but it was cluttered and hard to navigate compared to Boxed.

Costco had far more departments on its website, but it was cluttered and hard to navigate compared to Boxed.

Boxed had a cleaner look. Though there weren’t quite as many categories, it was easy to find everything because the existing categories were pretty broad.

Boxed had a cleaner look. Though there weren't quite as many categories, it was easy to find everything because the existing categories were pretty broad.

The grocery page on Costco’s site, for example, is divided into 18 further categories such as pantry goods, packaged goods, snacks, and cookies. There were a ton of categories, but they were all very broad.

The grocery page on Costco's site, for example, is divided into 18 further categories such as pantry goods, packaged goods, snacks, and cookies. There were a ton of categories, but they were all very broad.

The Boxed grocery landing page is much more user-friendly. The homepage lists popular products, and on the lefthand side are categories like salty snacks, chocolate and candy, condiments and spices, and other more specific categories. Products can also be sorted by brand on both websites, and both offer two-day delivery.

The Boxed grocery landing page is much more user-friendly. The homepage lists popular products, and on the lefthand side are categories like salty snacks, chocolate and candy, condiments and spices, and other more specific categories. Products can also be sorted by brand on both websites, and both offer two-day delivery.

Comparing prices isn’t an exact science. For example, both sites sold Tide laundry detergent. Boxed sold a 150 oz. package for $19.99, and Costco sold a 200 oz. package for $28.99. The price was higher, but you were getting more for what you paid.

Comparing prices isn't an exact science. For example, both sites sold Tide laundry detergent. Boxed sold a 150 oz. package for $19.99, and Costco sold a 200 oz. package for $28.99. The price was higher, but you were getting more for what you paid.

Costco: 200 oz. for $28.99Boxed: 150 oz. for $19.99

As for the snacks, the prices seemed to be a little bit higher throughout Costco’s site.

As for the snacks, the prices seemed to be a little bit higher throughout Costco's site.

Costco’s private label, Kirkland Signature, was an exception to this. Boxed also has a private label, called Prince & Spring, but it was almost always more expensive than Kirkland Signature for identical products. A 27 oz. jar of almond butter from the brands’ respective private labels, for example, was $3 more expensive from Boxed than from Costco.

Costco's private label, Kirkland Signature, was an exception to this. Boxed also has a private label, called Prince & Spring, but it was almost always more expensive than Kirkland Signature for identical products. A 27 oz. jar of almond butter from the brands' respective private labels, for example, was $3 more expensive from Boxed than from Costco.

Costco: $8.79Boxed: $11.99

Both sites have a service for booking hotels, with prices typically starting around $100 a night. Costco had more luxury hotels that surpassed $700 a night, while the highest rates on Boxed were around $600. But Boxed was much easier to navigate than Costco — you couldn’t even see hotel prices on Costco without entering a membership number.

Both sites have a service for booking hotels, with prices typically starting around $100 a night. Costco had more luxury hotels that surpassed $700 a night, while the highest rates on Boxed were around $600. But Boxed was much easier to navigate than Costco — you couldn't even see hotel prices on Costco without entering a membership number.

In fact, nothing could be purchased from Costco’s website without a membership, unless you’re willing to pay a 5% surcharge on your purchase. A membership starts at $60 annually, with an executive membership costing $120 annually. The executive membership offers perks like 2% cash back on purchases.

In fact, nothing could be purchased from Costco's website without a membership, unless you're willing to pay a 5% surcharge on your purchase. A membership starts at $60 annually, with an executive membership costing $120 annually. The executive membership offers perks like 2% cash back on purchases.

The membership service at Boxed is optional. It’s structured similarly to Amazon Prime, offering free two-day shipping on orders over $20, price matching with competitors, and 2% cash back on purchases. It costs $49 annually.

The membership service at Boxed is optional. It's structured similarly to Amazon Prime, offering free two-day shipping on orders over $20, price matching with competitors, and 2% cash back on purchases. It costs $49 annually.

The shipping policies are also slightly different. Costco offers free two-day shipping for orders over $75 …

The shipping policies are also slightly different. Costco offers free two-day shipping for orders over $75 ...

… and Boxed offers free two-day shipping for orders over $49. With Boxed Up, shoppers only need to spend $20 for free two-day shipping. On Boxed, you don’t have to spend as much to get the perks.

... and Boxed offers free two-day shipping for orders over $49. With Boxed Up, shoppers only need to spend $20 for free two-day shipping. On Boxed, you don't have to spend as much to get the perks.

Overall, the Boxed website was much easier to use than the Costco website. Even though the Costco website offered the same treasure-hunt experience that its stores do, it was difficult to browse for products, and the deals weren’t as good as in stores. Boxed also makes it easier to get perks like free shipping and 2% cash back.

Overall, the Boxed website was much easier to use than the Costco website. Even though the Costco website offered the same treasure-hunt experience that its stores do, it was difficult to browse for products, and the deals weren't as good as in stores. Boxed also makes it easier to get perks like free shipping and 2% cash back.

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Fans Are Angry That the New Captain Marvel Shoes Don’t Come in Most Men’s Sizes

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Many of us were excited when the latest line of Vans’ Marvel-branded shoes popped up online. The shoes are comic-book colorful and cool, and I dream of having them all on my feet. Unfortunately for a significant portion of Marvel fans, the Captain Marvel shoes stop at Men’s size 10. This did not go over well, nor should it.

The new Vans feature kicks inspired by the likes of Black Panther, Hulk, Spider-Man, Thor, and more. The most buzz was reserved for the most recent addition to the MCU in the form of Carol Danvers, and the shoes made in her “image.” Carol is particularly on our minds following the debut of her symbol in Infinity War‘s chaotic post-credits scene.

On June 1st, Matthew Mueller over at Comicbook.com gave us a first look at the Carol-based shoes, which had leaked to the Internet prior to Vans’ official announcement. Mueller described the excellent Captain Marvel high tops:

[T]hey feature a full Captain Marvel color scheme of red, blue, and gold. The outsole of the shoe is all white, while the tongue and toe box are red with white eyelets. The Upper features a gold wavy stripe across a mostly blue backdrop, while the heel features gold trim and a big splash of red with Captain Marvel’s Hala Star logo in gold right in the middle.

Red laces complete the stylish package, and we simply can’t wait to get our hands on them.

Cool as hell, right? Mueller certainly thought so, and he was hardly alone. Carol Danvers already has a lot of fans, and that’s going to grow exponentially after Captain Marvel hits theaters next March and also when she saves the world in Avengers 4.

But on June 8th, following the shoes’ official release to sale, Mueller was back with a follow-up. Those Captain Marvel shoes he couldn’t wait to score are only available up to Men’s size 10. “Some shoes only come in certain sizes, we get that, but the male characters didn’t have the same problem, as those go all the way up to 13,” he wrote.

There’s the rub. These were clearly produced with the expectation that they would be purchased primarily by women, and that is incredibly short-sighted—not to mention the fact that there are many women, both trans and cis, and people of every identification who would also appreciate a higher range of size.

And this doesn’t appear to be a mistake or an oversight on Vans’ part at all: it was an intentional decision. Mueller explained:

So, it comes down to that Captain Marvel is a female character, right? It looks like it, as I wasn’t the only person utterly bummed that I can’t rock some slick Carol Danvers kicks, as Vans has received several responses to the news, asking if they were going to offer bigger sizes at a later time.

Concerned fans received responses like this:

There are bad and outdated gender dynamics baked into the clothing industry and particularly in geek merch (we won’t even get started on toys). While things have gotten better as more companies cater to the diversity of fans ready to spend hard-earned cash to display their fandom love, officially branded merchandise is often the most lacking.

At my local Forbidden Planet store, the Black Widow shirt—the only shirt that featured her—only came in “girl’s cut,” a style I dislike wearing, and its largest size was laughable. One of my best friends was angry that he couldn’t find a Wonder Woman shirt that would fit him before the movie came out. And sizing, in general, is an issue on its own divorced from gender, with many brands still not carrying sizes to accommodate the range of bodies that would like to wear them.

I think the case of the Captain Marvel shoes was a narrow-minded decision where a company did not take into account that many men (and people of many gender identifications) will proudly rock merchandise based on an “AWESOME women’s character.” What makes this all the more ridiculous is that the shoes at hand are visibly unisex: there’s nothing about a red, blue, gold and white shoe that screams “girl” or “boy.” They’re just cool shoes that should be available to everyone.

Yet the fact of the matter remains that we still see a concerted lack of female representation in superhero branded stuff, and so much of this is based on an antiquated idea that the fans spending money on this sort of thing are primarily male and that men are only interested in male characters. Both of these notions are patently untrue.

It’s like I’m writing this from twenty years ago, and it feels exhausting. When merchandise featuring men comes in every size—”male” and “female”—but something bearing a woman’s name is only sized for “women,” that is, these days, frankly unacceptable. Let there be sizing for all.

The only good that I see emerging from this kerfluffle is that hopefully Vans and Marvel will take notice of the feedback, and not do this again—and also, it is wonderful to see men rallying to wear female characters on their sleeve (or feet, as the case may be).

This feels like an antithesis of the recent Star Wars fandom toxicity, and the response made me as happy as the sizing made me mad. To everyone asking to rock some Captain Marvel, I see you, and thank you.

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Equity MFs are at record level. What is driving the growth?

Equity MFs are at record level. What is driving the growth?

Equity mutual funds received a staggering Rs20,000 crore in the month of August. While foreign institutional investors (FIIs) have been pulling out from the Indian stock market, domestic institutional investors (DIIs) have provided strong support to markets. What is driving this growth in mutual funds? Are investors really understanding the risk attached with equities or the growth is  driven by herd-mentality.

One reason for the rise in equities is low return given by other asset classes. While fixed deposit have been giving abysmal low return of  6-7%, property market has also been in slump for many years. In such a situation mutual funds have caught the fancy of many people who have been looking for other avenues to earn higher returns. Over the last one year equity diversified and small cap funds have given returns as high as 30 and 40 percent, respectively in last one year.

What make mutual funds hugely popular recently is the growth in systematic investment plans (SIPs). Today, there is an inflow of Rs4000 crore every month through SIP. What worries, however, is when you  see people investing in mutual funds without understanding the risk of the product. I have heard and seen several people selling balanced mutual funds as an alternative to fixed deposits. Go to any nearby bank and chances are high they will pitch you balanced fund as an alternative to fixed deposit. The person at the desk might not care to tell you that unlike fixed deposit a balanced fund is a mix of debt and equity. Their return is not guaranteed and are subject to stock and debt market risks. I am not opposing the idea of investing in mutual funds but the point is you should understand the risk before investing in any product. One cannot deny that balanced funds have given very high return over the last few years and they are tax-efficient also. But one should also understand the risk attached with these schemes. Unlike fixed deposits the return over here is not guaranteed.

Another area of concern is when you don’t link your investments with your goals. When you do not link the two you do not know for how long you want to stay invested. When you don’t know the time horizon chances are high that you will not invest in the right product. There are many people around who have invested in mutual funds without a clue about their goals. Identify it whether it is for your education, marriage or retirement. Do not invest in equities just because your  family members and colleagues are doing it. Doing so you contradict the golden rule of investing which says that you should invest in equities for at least 3 to 5 years.

With expense ratio of just 2- 3% mutual funds are certainly one of the cost-effective ways of investing in equities. They can give you inflation beating return when all other asset classes are not performing well. But before investing do understand their risk and most importantly stay invested for long term.

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Explore Artisan Handcraft at the Pasadena Bead & Design Show

Pasadena Bead & Design Show is Thursday, July 26th, 2018, through Sunday July 29th, at Hilton Pasadena. The largest bead & design event in California –with a growing record of attendance over the four days –is open to the public and everyone is welcome! We invite attendees to shop more than 300 exhibits of beautiful, limited-edition, artisan handcraft, including jewelry, beads, gemstones, clothing, paintings, crafts, pottery, glass, silver, ceramics, and textiles.

Pasadena Bead & Design Show was established by artisans who were inspired by the Arts and Crafts Movement and the traditional sidewalk art shows of Paris. They wanted to offer the widest range of artisanal products to be found anywhere –providing an opportunity to eliminate the middleman and buy direct from artisans and tradespeople –and at exceptional prices.

Artisan exhibitors are chosen for artistic ability and singularity of work. The original pieces are created by the artisans and are offered for sale here, often for the first time. Many have spent upwards of forty years, perfecting their work, reviving lost styles, using meticulous, time-honored techniques and age-old tools to produce fine, handcrafted, artisan design.

The more adventuresome attendees may want to roll up their sleeves and participate in one of the 150 workshops offered at the show, taught by an artist-in-residence. Workshops start at only $20, and offer step-by-step instruction for all skill levels, working in various media, including wirework, jewelry design, art clay silver, metalwork, chainmaille, champlevé, beadmaking, crystal setting, copper electroforming, enameling, mixed media, tassel making, and hand knotting.

Many products offered are much-sought-after collectibles: African trade beads, Afghan kilims, nomadic textiles, folk art, ephemera, buttons, Taxco silver, Victorian jewelry, Roman glass, ethnographic objects, ceremonial pendants, carved marble figurines, needlework, and art nouveau painted silk.

Along with its artisan exhibitors, Pasadena Bead & Design Show also promotes artisan tradespeople who showcase a vast assortment of beads, jewelry and design components such as conch pearls, amber, lapis lazuli, custom gemstones, opals, Burmese rubies, Jizera garnets, art deco emeralds, antique pearls, gold and silver pieces, hard-to-find decorative charms, vintage artisan beads, and handwrought findings.

Show hours 10am to 6pm, Thursday through Sunday, July 26 – 29. Admission is $8 online or $10 at the door, good all four days. Hilton Pasadena, 168 S Los Robles Ave, Pasadena. Visit beadanddesign.com.
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The World’s Largest Jewelry Marketplace – The 62nd Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair 2018, Integration of Modern Trade and Artistry of Unique Thai Charm

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HONG KONG, Jun 20, 2018 – (ACN Newswire) – Thailand has rich history as one of the world’s most prominent centers for gems and jewelry. The country has abundant kinds of minerals and gemstones especially ruby and sapphire. Its skilled craftsmanship, unique designs had merged with modern technology to produce jewelry competitive in international markets.

Today, Thailand has developed into a large-scale and export-oriented commerce center. In year 2017, Thai gems and jewelry exports had grew by 2.25% for the first time in 3 years, making positive progress despite recent sluggish economy worldwide, generating around USD 13 billion of income, which is 5.4% of the kingdom’s total export.

In the first four month in year 2018, Hong Kong had imported a total value of USD145.7 Millions precious jewelry from Thailand, including jewelry of precious metal (22.87%), Ruby, Sapphire & Emeralds (18.83%), Diamonds (15.52%), Silver jewelry (12.59%) and Semi-precious Stone (8.04%), etc.

THE RECORD BREAKING SUCCESS OF 61 EDITION BGJF IN FEBRUARY 2018

Organized by the Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP), Ministry of Commerce of the Royal Thai Government, the 61 edition BGJF had attracted visitors from 113 countries over five days period with top five visiting nations from India, Myanmar, China, USA and Russia respectively.

There were a total of 853 exhibitors participate occupying 2,003 booths. Major exhibiting countries are around the globe besides local exhibitors, diverse as Hong Kong, Poland, Turkey, Japan, Singapore, India, Korea, Israel, Indonesia and Canada, etc.

The 61st edition had generated a trade value at USD 63 million comprising of USD 19 million immediate sales and another USD 44 million’s worth of orders in one year. This remarkable value had shown a 2.5% increase in compare to previous edition.

THE ROYAL THAI GOVERNMENT CONTINUING THE GOAL OF MAKING THAILAND “THE WORLD’S GEMS AND JEWELRY PRODUCTION AND TRADING HUB” AT THE 62 EDITION BGJF IN SEPTEMBER 2018

To continue the legend of success at past editions, the Organizer (DITP) will carry on the existing show elements along with innovative ideas to collaborate with “Thailand 4.0” and “Creative Economy” initiatives at The 62nd Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair 2018, which will be held during 7-11 September 2018, at Challenger Hall 1-3, IMPACT Convention Center, Muang Thong Thani, Bangkok, Thailand.

Some key highlight of Special Zones and activities include: New Faces (showcasing products from over 120 SMEs worldwide), Innovation and Design Zone (displaying innovative techniques and products to inspire jewelry segment), Niche Showcase (featuring the latest trends for niche markets, in particular on five main areas, such as: Heritage & Craftsmanship, Beyond Jewelry, The Moment, Spiritual Power and Metro Men. On top of that, our Fashion Show each year will present the exquisite collections crafted with authentic Thai touches. For further details, please visit www.bkkgems.com

THAI TRADE CENTER HK WELCOMES HK & MACAU BUYERS AS TRADE MISSION

TTCHK, also known as the Office of Thai Trade Commissioner (Royal Thai Consulate General – Commercial Section) in Hong Kong is here to serve entrepreneurs in Hong Kong and Macau regions, aiming to enhance business opportunities and create win-win situation for all parties. We are one of the 62 branches worldwide, under the Department of International Promotion (DITP, The Organizer of BGJF), Ministry of Commerce of the Royal Thai Government.

In order to value each chance to meet with potential traders, TTCHK will be faciliting our TRADE MISSION (TM) via two platforms for the 62 edition BGJF in September 2018, offering exclusive benefits to registered Trade Mission members with complimentary lunch coupons, express registration TM counter and buyer’s directory, etc.

(1) Come join us at Booth 3B134 (Hall 3B), during Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair during 21 – 24 June 2018 at Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre
(2) Contact TTCHK via (Tel) + 852 2525 9716, (E) thaicomm@netvigator.com or follow our latest updates at our FACEBOOK PAGE: Thai Trade Center Hong Kong

Deadline of TM registration will be on 27th August 2018

We as the Organizer, shall evaluate from our previous experiences and carry BGJF onto the next level that can further fulfill international standards, allowing jewelry industry from worldwide to shine through this international stage.

Event
The 62nd Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair (The 62nd BGJF)

Venue
IMPACT Convention Center, Muang Thong Thani, Bangkok, Thailand (www.impact.go.th)

Fair Dates & Opening Hours

Trade Days: 7-9 Sep 18 10:00am – 6:00pm
Public Days:
10 Sep 18 10:00am – 6:30pm
11 Sep 18 10:00am-17:00pm

For visiting and media enquiries, please contact:
Thai Trade Center Hong Kong
Address: 8 Cotton Tree Drive, 8th Floor Fairmont House, Central , HK
Tel: +852 2525 9716
Fax: +852 2868 4927
Email: thaicomm@netvigator.com

For more information, visit www.thaitrade.com / www.bkkgems.com
Follow our updates at FACEBOOK: Thai Trade Center Hong Kong or
Download our mobile apps via Google Play Store: ThaiTrade.COM

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Frivolous fashions! The most memorable fashion looks from Royal Ascot

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The Royal Ascot may be the most prestigious English horse race, but it’s also one of the biggest fashion events of Britain’s high-society calendar. Royals and socialites flock to the Berkshire green for five days of equestrian action and more importantly the fanciest fashions.

Ever since it’s inception in around 1711, the Royal Ascot has set the scene for exquisite sartorial style, but it must be noted, one can’t just turn up in any old thing, there’s a strict Royal Ascot dress code.

Women must wear dresses of an appropriate length, meaning just above or below the knee, dress straps must be a least 2.5cm thick (no spaghetti straps!), hats are serious business, no facinators, however a headpiece which has a solid base of 10cm or more in diameter is acceptable.

Meanwhile, for the gents, socks are a must, as are black shoes, a waistcoat must be paired with a tie (no cravats) and a black or grey top hat is to be worn.

Now you’re clued up on the fashion dos and don’ts, let’s take a look back at some of the most memorable fashion moments in the history of the Royal Ascot horse races.

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This Viral Tweet Explains Why Pockets Are the Unicorns Of Women’s Fashion

If you’ve ever reached down to put something in your pocket only to realize that whatever you’re wearing doesn’t actually have pockets, then consider yourself in the majority. It’s a frustrating situation to be in, especially if you’ve only got a few things to carry and don’t feel like lugging around a bag or purse.

Twitter user Delilah Dawson recently shared some thoughts about this dilemma, proving that the struggle is so real when it comes to the lack of pockets in women’s clothing. In her tweet, she wrote a fake exchange between “women” and an “exec” where the women are trying to ask for pockets and the “exec” keeps suggesting other funny additions to clothing like “Clothes with pre-made holes in delicate fabrics” and “Shapes that require new bras!”

Responses to the tweet were hilarious and completely relatable, with people saying that dresseswith pockets are basically the unicorns of fashion.

One person said that she learned to sew just so that she could take care of this problem herself. Now that’s some serious dedication right there.
Others pointed out that even the clothes that do come with pockets can be, well, problematic. Inquiring minds want to know: What’s up with jeans that are so tight that you can’t actually put anything into the pockets? I mean, why even bother?

While a viral tweet probably won’t be enough to sway an entire industry to reconsider its stance on pockets in womenswear, it can at least bring us all together in a brief moment of fashion solidarity. And maybe, just maybe, one day we’ll get the clothing-with-pockets that we all want and deserve.

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The Secret to Breaking in New Running Shoes—Without Any Pain

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For over two years, I was devoted to my Adidas Ultraboost shoes. I ran my first two marathons in the first-generation, uncaged version and swore by their lightweight, knit uppers and cushioned foam soles. Then I ran my third marathon in New Balance Fresh Foam 1080s, which felt even more supportive without adding any bulk—I continued running in them for almost a year.

But a few weeks ago, while training for a half marathon in the 1080s, I decided I didn’t need so much support and switched back to my Ultraboosts for a quick 5K. But the shoe that I used to swear by suddenly murdered my feet.

My shoes are my lifeline in the sport, so the possibility that my favorite running shoes wouldn’t work for me anymore made me start to panic. But as it turns out, there’s a right way to transition sneakers.

As much as any runner loves their tried-and-true shoes, they’re eventually going to have to replace them. That’s because, “over time, and depending on what surfaces you run on and how hard you are on your feet, your shoes will break down,” says running coach John Honerkamp. It used to be that companies recommended replacing running shoes after 300 miles. Now, materials have gotten more advanced and more durable, so they can handle even more wear and tear.

“Once you break in most newer shoes—which only takes five to 10 miles—they’re stable for at least 400 to 500 miles,” says biomechanist Martyn Shorten, Ph.D., director of the Runner’s World Shoe Lab. Other shoes can last even longer: The new Nike Epic React, for example, is billed as wearable up to 700 miles, says Knox Robinson, cofounder of the Black Roses NYC Running Collective and a Nike Run Coach.

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If you’re replacing your old pair with the exact same shoe, “sneaker technology has evolved enough that you don’t need to spend as much time breaking them in,” Robinson says. “You’ll be able to wear those kicks fresh out of the box.” Sure, the shoe might feel a little stiffer than your broken-down pair, but your feet will already be used to the particular specs of that style.

But if you want to shake things up—maybe you want more or less support, you want to try a new brand your speedy friend recommended, you’re just sick of your old shoes, or a company discontinued your favorite style—it’s less about breaking in the shoe and more about breaking in your body, Shorten says.

“Your body can and does adapt to different shoes over time, but the key is to avoid sudden changes,” he says. “I wouldn’t recommend throwing out your old pair and immediately jumping into your new pair—make that transition over a period of a couple of weeks.”

That means you shouldn’t just toss your old shoes for a new pair as soon as you feel them breaking down (when you notice heavy wear on the soles or your toes poking through the uppers, or that you’re feeling more aches and pains or soreness in your feet, shins, or knees), Honerkamp says. As soon as you see or feel any of those telltale signs, though, that’s when you should start shopping. Once you find the right pair, keep running in your old shoes for another four to six weeks and start working in your new ones.

“Alternating your shoes will help your old ones last longer and give your feet time to adjust to the new ones,” Honerkamp says. Not to mention, runners who alternate two different pairs of running shoes have a 39 percent lower risk of running injury than those who almost always ran in the same shoes, according to a study in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports.

Don’t go HAM on your first few runs in those shiny new kicks either. “Start with an easy paced three- to five-mile run,” Robinson says. “Give yourself time to understand what’s going on with the relationship between the shoe and the sweat and the legs.” Then, as your feet adjust, you can slowly build up your mileage until things feel A-OK.

If you’re not swapping your old shoes for a fresh version of the same style, be smart about the shoes you switch to. Good running shoes don’t come cheap, so it’s important to seek out a pair that really works for you—not just the pair someone swears will take three minutes off your PR, or the ones Desi Linden won the Boston Marathon in.

“I always recommend going to a running specialty store where you can get really detailed about your needs,” Shorten says. “Just because a shoe is popular and selling well doesn’t mean that it’s going to be right for you.”

And make sure you test them out first. “I’ve noticed that we’re really in a moment where we’re going on feeling—a lot of brands are shifting the focus to how the shoe feels versus certain features, promises, or even aesthetics,” Robinson says. Because this is a case where first impressions really matter, “most running specialty stores will allow you to run in the store or even outside the store to test a pair,” Honerkamp adds.

“Base your decision on how comfortable you feel in the shoes,” Shorten says. “If you put it on your foot and it doesn’t feel right, that’s a good indicator of whether or not it will work for you.” And when you do buy a pair, Honerkamp recommends doing your first run on a treadmill so that you can return them if they don’t work well after a few miles.

Treadmill trial run or not, you need to ease into your new shoes. That’s because when your foot is used to a certain level of support, stiffness, or flexibility, changes at the ground level can have serious effects all the way up your body. Picture this: If you get a new shoe with a lot more cushion than your old shoe, that sole is going to be thicker, which means you’re probably going to have to pick your foot up a little higher than you’re used to—otherwise, you’ll trip. It might take a run or two to get your bearings.

“A lot of these shoes have so many features that there might be something going on in the shoe that’s working against your stride in a subtle way, so you need to feel it out,” Robinson says.

Whatever running shoes you choose, your body will adapt. You just need to be smart about the process and patient enough to let your feet catch up to your fancy new kicks.

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