Social distancing meets holiday shopping deals

WELLINGTON — The calendar said Black Friday, but the parking lots at retailers across Palm Beach County indicated it might as well have been a typical Saturday afternoon as shoppers seemingly opted for internet sales because of the novel coronavirus pandemic.



Jesse Stanley, of Royal Palm Beach, loads his Best Buy black Friday purchases inside the Legacy Place shopping plaza in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, on November 27, 2020.


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Jesse Stanley, of Royal Palm Beach, loads his Best Buy black Friday purchases inside the Legacy Place shopping plaza in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, on November 27, 2020.

The day seen as the apex of the holiday shopping season was almost eerily quiet, and while some stores experienced a busier-than-usual Friday, visits by Palm Beach Post reporters to several area retailers showed a calmer, socially distanced Black Friday and consumers wary of in-person shopping.

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At the Super Target on State Road 7 at Lantana Road south of Wellington, a modest line of customers stood 6 feet apart before the doors opened at 7 a.m. Friday. Those who entered were required to wear a mask, and only one of Target’s two main entrances was open for the first shoppers. 



a group of people walking in front of a building: Small groups of customers make their black Friday purchases outside the Target shopping plaza in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, on November 27, 2020.


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Small groups of customers make their black Friday purchases outside the Target shopping plaza in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, on November 27, 2020.

Shoppers inside the store and other retail outlets visited Friday morning mostly kept their distance from others as recommended by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to hamper the spread of COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus. 

The regulated flow of consumers down popular aisles was a marked change from past years, when people would go elbow-to-elbow as they jockeyed for deals.

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Kelly Ramsaran is among those who in the past would have been at Target when the store opened. It became a tradition for her family to head to the retailer after Thanksgiving dinner, with Ramsaran, her siblings and their families tracking down the best prices Target had to offer.



a group of people standing in front of a building: Customers enter the Best Buy on black Friday inside the Legacy Place shopping plaza in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, on November 27, 2020.


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Customers enter the Best Buy on black Friday inside the Legacy Place shopping plaza in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, on November 27, 2020.

This year, she did almost all of her holiday shopping online.

“I almost went to Old Navy because it opened at midnight but changed my mind,” she said. 

The primary reason behind her decision to shop online: COVID-19.

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“I didn’t trust that other people would be socially responsible,” Ramsaran said. “And I didn’t trust that the stores would have enough associates to help keep people distanced.”

Since stores reopened after closing this spring because of the pandemic, Ramsaran said she noticed a shortage in employees at retail stores. That falls in line with reports from national retailers that they have either laid off or furloughed employees because of the economic effects of the pandemic. 



a man standing in front of a store: Jesse Stanley, of Royal Palm Beach, loads his Best Buy black Friday purchases inside the Legacy Place shopping plaza in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, on November 27, 2020.


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Jesse Stanley, of Royal Palm

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Distancing ‘was maintained’ at wedding Salah attended before virus positive

The mayor of Mohamed Salah’s home town in Egypt has insisted social distancing was observed at a family wedding the Liverpool forward attended before he tested positive for Covid-19.

The two-time African footballer of the year has been in isolation in Egypt since Friday following the test that was carried out when he joined up with his international teammates.

Salah had attended his brother Nasr’s wedding in the town of Nagrig and photographs show him dancing with a mask pushed onto his chin at one point.

The mayor of Nagrig, Maher Shtiyah, told Egyptian media that the number of guests at the ceremony had been limited to between 60 and 70 people and only relatives attended.

“There was social distancing,” the mayor said. “Salah removed his mask only while taking photos. Even when we embraced him, we kissed him on his shoulder, not his face.”

Mahmoud Trezeguet of Premier League side Aston Villa, an international teammate of Salah’s, was also at the wedding.

Salah, 28, had also attended a ceremony organised by the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) in Cairo to celebrate his achievement of being the first Egyptian to win the Premier League and the Champions League.

The interim president of the EFA, Amr El-Ganainy, told MBC Egypt TV on Friday: “He appeared in the ceremony for no more than five minutes, entered a corridor alone, respecting social distancing and wearing a mask.

“He received the award himself… according to Liverpool’s requirements.”

The EFA said a second test had confirmed Salah had coronavirus and he was in isolation in the team’s hotel but was not showing any symptoms.

Team doctors are in contact with Liverpool’s medical team. He is not showing any symptoms of coronavirus.

Salah will miss Egypt’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Togo on Saturday.

He could miss Liverpool’s next two matches, depriving the champions of a player who has scored eight times in eight league Premier League games this season.

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Distancing ‘was maintained’ at wedding Salah attended before COVID-19 positive

CAIRO: The mayor of Mohamed Salah’s home town in Egypt has insisted social distancing was observed at a family wedding the Liverpool forward attended before he tested positive for COVID-19.

The two-time African footballer of the year has been in isolation in Egypt since Friday following the test that was carried out when he joined up with his international teammates.

Salah had attended his brother Nasr’s wedding in the town of Nagrig and photographs show him dancing with a mask pushed onto his chin at one point.

The mayor of Nagrig, Maher Shtiyah, told Egyptian media that the number of guests at the ceremony had been limited to between 60 and 70 people and only relatives attended.

“There was social distancing,” the mayor said. “Salah removed his mask only while taking photos. Even when we embraced him, we kissed him on his shoulder, not his face.?

Mahmoud Trezeguet of Premier League side Aston Villa, an international teammate of Salah’s, was also at the wedding.

Salah had also attended a ceremony organised by the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) in Cairo to celebrate his achievement of being the first Egyptian to win the Premier League and the Champions League.

The interim president of the EFA, Amr El-Ganainy, told MBC Egypt TV on Friday: “He appeared in the ceremony for no more than five minutes, entered a corridor alone, respecting social distancing and wearing a mask.

“He received the award himself … according to Liverpool’s requirements.”

The EFA said a second test had confirmed Salah had coronavirus and he was in isolation in the team’s hotel but was not showing any symptoms.

Team doctors are in contact with Liverpool’s medical team. He is not showing any symptoms of coronavirus.

Salah will miss Egypt’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Togo on Saturday.

He could miss Liverpool’s next two matches, depriving the champions of a player who has scored eight times in eight league Premier League games this season.

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Moschino Fashion Show Uses Puppets to Adhere to Social Distancing

Moschino Puppet Show

The coronavirus has changed nearly everything about how we live. Group events, for instance, have been canceled, postponed, or (in many cases) completely reconsidered. So, what does that mean for fashion shows? It means that designers have had to get creative to show off their latest collections. And while the conventional runway show isn’t possible this year, the iconic Italian brand Moschino had a unique solution to share the looks from their Spring/Summer 2021 collection. Made possible by the creative director, Jeremy Scott, the line was presented via marionettes dressed in miniature versions of all the garments.

The show—aptly titled No Strings Attached—featured puppets designed by The Jim Henson Company Creature Shop. They created both the models and the audience. During the show, the models made their way down the runway in 40 doll-sized looks that each showed impeccable craftsmanship and attention to detail. From the boning in a corset to flowing layers in tulle skirts, every piece of clothing was tailored to the marionettes like a glove to a hand.

Those familiar with clothing construction will notice something different about the looks, though. Each piece displayed typically interior construction elements on the outside of the garment. The pressed seam allowances, usually doing their best to remain inconspicuous, now trail down skirts or line the edges of pockets. “Dresses are carefully crafted inversely,” Moschino explains, “while tulle under-skirts extend beyond hemlines, creating unconventional proportions and silhouettes.”

In terms of inspiration for this collection and its inside-out presentation, Moschino looked to the current year, 2020. “We won’t call it a fresh start so much as it is a new start,” the team explains. “Inner-workings are being laid bare; how these mechanics exist and evolve will change.” Through fashion, the brand has chosen to “reflect this phenomenon and to build from it,” creating an unconventional means for showcasing the work. In the year of massive upheavals, we celebrate this ingenuity as something fresh and inspiring that is allowing people to push their creative limits.

Moschino held a socially distant fashion show by having all of its clothes modeled by puppets.

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Each piece was impeccably recreated to fit the marionettes like a glove.

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Moschino’s creative director, Jeremy Scott, also made an appearance…

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…as did the legendary Anna Wintour.

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Watch the unconventional fashion show below:

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My Modern Met granted permission to feature work by Moschino.

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Here For The Burn Candle Review: ‘Social Distancing From My Family’

When I don’t know what to get someone during the holidays, a candle is always my go-to gift. Rather than play it safe with a Yankee or Bath & Body Works pick—beloved faves of mine, don’t get me wrong!—I like to seek out fun, kitschy brands that add a little something ~extra~ to my fairly basic gift. Chances, are, I’m not the only one bringing a candle to my holiday hostess, so can you blame me for wanting mine to stand out? That said, this Here For The Burn candle review is for any of you who feel the same, because their Social Distancing From My Family Candle is officially the number one gift of the 2020 holiday season.

Yup, that’s right. I said what I said! Here For The Burn’s luxury statement candles are all great, but the Social Distancing From My Family Candle is downright hysterical. Will every single member of my family unwrap one of these babies on Christmas morning? Yes ma’am, they will! At $35 a pop, this candle sits in that perfect happy medium of “I dropped more than $20, so this counts as a legitimate gift” and “I didn’t have to spend my whole paycheck on something you’d like.” We love to see it!

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My favorite part about this candle is the now-and-later factor, something I always think about when buying great gifts. You want a wow-factor for the now—AKA, when they open it—and practicality for later. When your family opens their candles, they’ll crack up at the relatable AF social distancing message. But it’s so much more than a gag gift, because they’ll actually enjoy lighting the candle over the next few weeks. Now-and-later factor, nailed.

All Here For The Burn candles have the same notes of mango and guava, and they’re available now for pre-order, shipping November 2 just in time for the holidays. At $35 a pop, you might as well order at least two, since you can get free shipping on orders over $50. You can even contact them about making your own custom candles, so if there’s a specific quote you want candle-ized, you can totally make it happen.

Personally, I’d argue that the Social Distancing From My Family Candle is the absolute perfect gift for this holiday season, and I can’t wait to light it up while I social distance from my own family. If you’re looking for a fun gift and want to support a small business this holiday season, I highly recommend placing an order—and if your fam won’t appreciate the subtle dig, read on for a few other fun candle options below.

 

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