Fading in Polls, Trump Stalks Suburban Women

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“Women! I like women. I like women,” Donald Trump said on Monday. Nobody told him that you have to say “I like women” three times if you really want the spell to work. Only then will Bloody Karen appear in the mirror. Once that happens, you’re in trouble. You can only distract her with the sales rack at T.J.Maxx or a school-board meeting. A reliable voting bloc she is not.

But Trump is in trouble against Joe Biden, with two weeks before Election Day, and invoking white suburban women is one of the only tools he has left at his disposal. You can sort of see why he thinks it might work. Trump performed well with white suburban voters in 2016. Four years later, the suburbs are souring on Trump and his party. Trump seems to realize this, hence a series of recent, and uniformly bizarre, appeals to white women.

In August, Trump logged on and declared his unshakable support for my gender. So eager was he to prove his commitment to (some) ladies that he decided to build us a statue.

What’s going on with the statue? Hell if I know. Not that it really matters; nobody cares about the statue, not even the white suburban ladies Trump is trying so hard to woo.

The statue, however, still matters. The stupidity of Trump’s gambit reveals his potent desperation. It coincided with one of his most explicitly racist appeals to his base: The suburbs are under attack from troublesome low-income people and he, said the Savior of the Cul-de-sac, will stop it. “But suburban women, they should like me more than anybody here tonight because I ended the regulation that destroyed your neighborhood,” he said, referring to a housing anti-discrimination rule that he killed. “I ended the regulation that brought crime to the suburbs, and you’re going to live the American Dream. And that’s what you’re going to do. So can I ask you to do me a favor, suburban women? Will you please like me? Please. Please. I saved your damn neighborhood, okay?” Trump also made a crack about it no longer being acceptable to refer to “suburban housewives,” a joke he reported on Monday.

This isn’t going to work either, for a couple of reasons: Trump did not save the suburbs. The suburbs have diversified. Many of the voters who now live there are not the kind of voters who believe their neighborhoods need to

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Victoria Beckham’s despair over Brooklyn’s CANCELLED wedding



Victoria Beckham wearing glasses: Victoria Beckham, Brooklyn Beckham and Nicola Peltz


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Victoria Beckham, Brooklyn Beckham and Nicola Peltz


She’s been busy planning “the wedding of the century”, brainstorming a jaw-dropping list of events that will include two ceremonies, celebrations on either side of the Atlantic, a roll call of A-list guests…and, of course, Elton John as wedding singer. But Victoria Beckham’s hopes of giving eldest son Brooklyn and his fiancée Nicola Peltz the wedding of dreams are looking more and more out of reach, as covid looks likely to derail plans for some time to come. According to insiders, the family have had their hearts set on throwing two massive weddings – one here and one in the States – in summer 2021.


Victoria Beckham


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Victoria Beckham

But with no one knowing what next year will look like, Posh has been advised to either alter her plans and prepare a pared-down do, or else postpone. While the young couple are gutted, it’s mumzilla Victoria who’s really despairing.

“The pandemic is making wedding planning impossible,” says an insider close to the fashion designer, who’s reportedly designing her future daughter-in-law a show-stopping wedding dress.

“The family have their dream venues and plans – it’s a no expenses spared event with a wedding in the US, a wedding in the UK and then a third big party abroad too. But at this point, there’s just no way it won’t be affected by restrictions. Brooklyn and Nicola are worried and trying to decide how to handle it. As far as they’re concerned, they’re happy to do a smaller, intimate ceremony instead, or else wait until the following year, but Victoria is keen to press ahead.”



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New York bars wedding of a Brooklyn rabbi’s grandson expected to draw 10,000 people | Health

Orthodox Jewish groups filed lawsuits to block the executive order, but a federal judge ruled against one Orthodox organization which sought a temporary restraining order to block the new restrictions. The group, Agudath Israel of America, filed an appeal to the ruling on Monday.

Members of New York City’s Orthodox Jewish community have held protests in Brooklyn in response to the new coronavirus-related restrictions.

At a press conference on Sunday, Cuomo said a big wedding “isn’t on the top list of concerns.”

“You can’t have a wedding now with thousands of people,” said Cuomo. “There is no safe way to do that. We know that. We know that a party with a hundred people has generated issues.”

“My suggestion: Have a small wedding this year. Next year, have a big wedding. Invite me, I’ll come.”

The synagogue released a statement on Sunday saying that “the wedding will not be held as planned” and will only be attended by “close family members.” Others hoping to participate in the wedding can do so virtually, according to a statement.

“The unwarranted attacks on this event, originated by those besmirching the community, are detached from the facts,” said Chaim Jacobowitz, the synagogue’s secretary, in the statement. “It’s sad that nobody verified our plans before attacking us.”

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Sia, Yara Shahidi and More Added to Variety’s 2020 Power of Women

Variety has announced additional programming for its virtual Power of Women summit, presented by Lifetime, taking place Oct. 28 and 29. The panels will feature prominent women in the industry who create content that empowers communities.

The newly announced panels include an exclusive first look at the upcoming season of “The Crown,” joined by Gillian Anderson (who plays Margaret Thatcher) and Emma Corrin (who plays the Princess of Wales, Diana). The clips will only be available live during the session on Oct. 28, where the actors will discuss their roles portraying two of the most well-known figures in British history.

Variety also announced the #represent Roundtable, which will center on Black women creators and offer advice for women of color who are aspiring to break into the industry. The line-up features director/producer/writer Mara Brock Akil, director/producer/writer Gina Prince-Bythewood, actor/producer/writer Rashida Jones, director/producer/writer Lena Waithe and actor/producer Yara Shahidi. The panel will be moderated by Variety’s film and media reporter Angelique Jackson.

Multi-platinum selling artist Sia will participate in a keynote about her upcoming directorial debut, “Music,” set to be released next year. The film stars Maddie Ziegler, Kate Hudson, and Leslie Odom, Jr.

Comedian Chelsea Peretti will join a panel with “Pen15” creators and stars Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle, who will discuss the themes of the second season of the Hulu comedy, which premiered in September.

A panel examining how influential women are leading advocacy efforts to improve communities’ overall accessibility to wellness and health ahead of the presidential election will feature Debra A. Canales, executive vice president and chief administrative officer of Providence S. Joseph Health; Laila Ali, athlete and lifestyle brand entrepreneur; and Tia Mowry, actor, brand entrepreneur and co-founder of vitamin company Anser. Reshma Gopaldas, vice president of video programming at SHE Media will moderate the conversation.

Variety previously announced a roundtable conversation with the women of “Grey’s Anatomy,” who will also be featured in this year’s Power of Women issue to be released Oct. 28, as well as panels featuring former Rep. Stacey Abrams and Jessica Chastain, star of the upcoming all-woman spy action movie “The 355,” and more.

The summit is free to attend but requires registration at https://variety.com/powerofwomenconversations/.

Along with Lifetime continuing as presenting partner, premier partners include iHeart Media and Providence St. Joseph’s Health. Cadillac will join for the first time as an official partner with MGO CPA as a supporting partner of the virtual summit.

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Wedding vendors expect more business with easing of restrictions, but not all couples scaling up receptions

SINGAPORE: Wedding planners, hotels and other venues are expecting a boost in business with the recent announcement that COVID-19 restrictions would be eased.

From Oct 3, up to 100 people – including the couple but excluding vendors and service providers – will be allowed to attend wedding ceremonies and receptions, double the current limit of 50.

The 100 attendees must be separated into multiple zones of up to 50 people each, or split by staggered timings with up to 50 people in each slot.

READ: COVID-19 restrictions eased further on worship services, wedding receptions; up to 100 attendees allowed

Wedding planners CNA spoke to said they expect to get more enquiries over the next few weeks, since couples have “a greater level of certainty” to proceed with their weddings. 

“Previously, many couples were in limbo on whether to proceed with their wedding planning as they are worried that new restrictions might be imposed against them,” said founder of Pei Weddings Chea Pui Yee. 

“With the announcement, they seem to have a clearer direction on where the wedding scene is paving towards and they feel more relieved proceeding with their wedding plans.”

During the “circuit breaker” period, many couples held off proposal plans and are only proposing now, said Ms Michelle Lau, founder of wedding planner company Arches and Co.

Noting that the second half of the year is usually associated with higher engagement rates, Ms Lau added that more couples are likely to book staycations in the next few months for their proposals, then start planning for their wedding.

As the number of community COVID-19 cases in Singapore remains low, more couples are also hopeful that the restrictions will be further eased in time to come, said wedding planners. 

While the number of enquiries has picked up since the circuit breaker period, it is still not as high as that of the same period last year, said Ms Lau. 

“For new enquiries, couples are still pretty much looking at Q2 2021 onwards, in hopes that they can have a bigger party with more guests allowed,” she added. 

HOTELS GETTING MORE ENQUIRIES

Hotels have also seen an uptick in enquiries from existing customers looking to increase the number of wedding guests, as well as couples who want to book a new package.

“Since the cap for weddings was increased to 100 pax, we have received numerous enquiries from couples who have already booked with us and want to increase the number of attendees and couples who had earlier postponed their wedding and now want to go ahead with it.

“We have also received new bookings as a result of this latest ruling,” said Mr Lee Richards, vice president of operations, South East Asia, Millennium Hotels and Resorts. 

The group owns six hotels in Singapore: Copthorne King’s Hotel, Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel, Orchard Hotel, M Hotel, M Social and Studio M Hotel.

READ: Millennium Hotels and Resorts lays off 159 employees in Singapore amid COVID-19 impact

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Egyptian designer tailors clothing brand for people with disabilities

CAIRO (Reuters) – When Ashgan al-Abhar’s wheelchair-using friend said she dreamed of wearing a dress that did not obstruct her mobility, she decided to launch a clothing brand for people with disabilities and those of short stature.

Earlier this year she started “Metfasal Leek” – Arabic for “Tailored for you” – a clothing line that she says is the first of its kind in Egypt.

Al-Abhar, 43, said after working with various companies on ways to cater for people with disabilities, she had noticed that they were not being served by clothing manufacturers.

“People with short stature would struggle to find their sizes in the market,” she said.

She is using volunteers to test the clothes, giving them free samples, ahead of a planned commercial launch.

One volunteer, Ziad Hamdy, struggles with a disability that prevents him from using his hands and fingers easily.

“I couldn’t button up my shirt, buckle my trousers,” he said. Hamdy now has hook-and-loop fasteners instead of buttons, which he says save him a lot of time and effort.

Al-Abhar hopes the initiative will help change views about people with disabilities and persuade the public “to stop associating them with charity”.

“It makes us feel we are like everyone else,” said volunteer Hanan Fouad.

Reporting by Mohamed Zaki; Writing by Nadeen Ebrahim; Editing by Janet Lawrence

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The 7 Best Places to Virtually Shop for Wedding Suits and Tuxedos

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Suitsupply is a direct-to-consumer retailer that prides itself on its “experiential focus and radically personal service,” Jeremy Crume, the GM for North America, tells Brides. With an assortment of impeccably polished tuxedos and suits, customers have options: they can choose from pre-styled looks or create a one-of-a-kind tux by using a custom-made online interface (which was available Pre-COVID!) to choose from suits, shirts, jackets, trousers, waistcoats, tuxedo shirts, tuxedo Jackets, tuxedo trousers, and tuxedo waistcoats to individualize their look. 

“The layer we added during COVID-19 is the virtual shopping interface,” Crume says, which is complimentary to all shoppers. “This is essentially a URL where the customer and the expert can both experience the website at the same time with the ability to both control browsing,” Crume explains. “They also have the option to turn the video on and see each other in pop-up screens.” Experts can guide customers through all of the brand’s options and advise on size, fit, style, fabric, lining, trims, buttons, and other details. “If someone wants to see a fabric in more detail rather than the image online, we can have a fabric sample mailed to your home,” Crume adds.

For shoppers that are already familiar with their size and have experience wearing suits, they can order their preferred tuxedo look on the brand’s site and have it shipped to their home. There’s a ready-to-wear tuxedo package including a tuxedo, Egyptian cotton tuxedo shirt, tuxedo shoes (choose from black patent leather lace-ups or black velvet slippers!), and a silk bow tie for $799—an excellent option for grooms, groomsman, and wedding guests. “We do recommend that the customer schedule a private fitting appointment at a store with their expert to make sure there aren’t any additional alterations needed to ensure a perfect fit,” Crume says. Alternations are an included service with custom orders, and once you’re a Suitsupply customer, your measurements and alteration history is saved.  

“Customers love the virtual environment because you can explore a full range of items quickly without walking through a store,” Crume says. “On the other hand, you are limited in the physicality of using one of our experts to help guide any alterations needed to help you in finding that perfect fit.” 

For an in-person experience, Suitsupply has reopened stores and accepts walk-ins and appointments in private shopping lounges after designing and testing a safe shopping journey in Chinese and Korean stores. “We’ve had all our stores fully open once they were indicated for reopening by the state and city governments,” Crume says. “Suitsupply has been celebrated for creating one of the safest shopping experiences at the outset.”

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21 Small Wedding Ideas – Ideas for Small Weddings

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“Intimate weddings have always been chic—even before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic,” says Joy Proctor, who designed Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner’s intimate wedding in the South of France. And we couldn’t agree more—small weddings, no matter how petite, are weddings nonetheless; well-deserving of attention to detail, jaw-dropping fashion moments, and a stellar guest experience.

With couples postponing and rethinking their wedding plans for 2020 and 2021 with fresh priorities, safety, and national and international regulations in mind, celebrations have inherently become smaller, more intimate—and, if we’re being honest, more intentional and personal than ever before. A common misconception is that a small weddings mean less effort, curation, and elevation. Quite the contrary; a wedding is a wedding, regardless of size, scope, and location—and smaller guest counts make it possible to get even more creative.

Whether your celebration takes place in the backyard at home or far and away, a smaller guest count allows for extra creativity for an unforgettable experience. Here, 21 tips from the experts to make your event as unforgettable as the larger wedding you (might) have had planned.

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Go All Out

Whether you keep your wedding at home or opt for an intimate venue, a smaller guest list allows for you to go all out on details you’d likely have had to dilute for a larger group. “With a smaller guest count, you have the opportunity to really pull out all the stops and give you, your beloved, and your guests a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” says luxury and celebrity event designer, David Beahm. “From a unique and gorgeous venue, to an abundance of flowers, your family china, embroidered linen napkins, fabulous furnishings, fine stationery, really rare wines, or a guest chef creating the menu you’ve always dreamed—go for it!”

Blake of Gregory Blake Sams Events, agrees wholeheartedly, encouraging couples to “incorporate heirloom pieces like fine china, silver, linens, vessels, and more” when designing the event. Most families don’t have heirlooms in bulk, but your intimate dinner party of your closest family and friends is the most sentimental, thoughtful, and size-appropriate way to showcase objet that you’d only otherwise enjoy at private family occasions.

Be Fearless with Your Fashion

Accessorize in a way that feels outside the bridal box. Dare to walk down the aisle in color; skip a full length gown; wear your mother’s wedding dress; in fact—wear two (or even three) looks during the evening. Style your looks for a small wedding the same way you would a larger one—based on your setting. You don’t need to wear what people expect you to wear, but your looks should feel unique to your personal style, to you both as a couple, and to the location you’ve decided to host your nearest and dearest.

Should you be looking to don multiple looks, keep in mind that each wardrobe change will signal a shift in energy to your guests. Enter into your dinner reception in a new look; or change into

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How This Beach House Was Designed to House Three Generations of Women

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Photo credit: Keyanna Bowen

From House Beautiful

Any designer—or anyone who’s hired a designer—knows that good interior projects require compromise. There’s always a balance between the designer and the homeowner, function and aesthetics, and quite often, the question of finding middle ground between different tastes and needs in one family. This last hurdle is becoming more common than ever as America sees a new resurgence in multigenerational households. Whether it’s in-laws moving in, adult children living with their parents, or both, designers across the country are grappling with creating spaces that speak to many generations. That was the case for Rehoboth Beach–based designer Jess Weeth, who was recently tasked with creating a welcoming beach house for not one, not two, but three generations of women.

“We needed to create a house that all three of them would enjoy,” Weeth tells House Beautiful of her trio of clients. That meant creating accessible spaces for the grandmother, gathering areas for the adult granddaughter, and a balance between private rooms and open spaces where the family could convene.

Her ability to create a functional, livable space took on renewed importance this past year, when the somewhat quiet Delaware vacation town saw an influx of full-time residents—including this family. “Their plan was to spend maybe four months a year there,” she says “But now they are living there full-time.”

Here’s how Weeth created a house the whole family would want to quarantine in.

Living Room

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“I wanted it to feel like you’re at the beach but also strike a balance between that barefoot, laid-back look and still having it feel polished,” says Weeth. She found that middle ground by incorporating more subtle, tailored nods to coastal decor in natural elements, like rattan and raffia accessories, or the cane-front built-in cabinets in the living room, shown here.

While all three women had distinct styles, Weeth says, what united them was “they absolutely love blue! All shades of blue.” So, in the home’s shared spaces, “the palette kept things looking cohesive, even with the mix of, say, the more traditional-shaped sofa with the modern-lined coffee table.”

Meanwhile, the living room’s mix of two sofas, club chairs, and easily-moveable stools make for a flexible setup conducive to solo lounging, family game nights, or any other type of gathering.

Kitchen

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Photo credit: Keyanna Bowen
Photo credit: Keyanna Bowen
Photo credit: Keyanna Bowen

In a contrast to the typical white kitchen–obsessed client, this trio was open to color in the kitchen, says Weeth. That said, the designer wanted to strike a balance between statement-making and timeless. “It was important to me to find a blue that they were going to love for a long time,” Weeth says. “I love bold but some of the things they were suggesting were really blue.” She settled on a Sherwin-Williams hue with a grayish undertone for the island, then kept the cabinets white. The drapes, meanwhile, bring in the blue and “bring that color to life.”

To add a little

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