The 8 Brands I Always Turn to for Wedding Season

It’s that time of year again—wedding season. The warmer months ahead mean that your calendar is probably jam-packed with upcoming nuptials (I myself already have four on the calendar this year). As exciting as these ceremonies are, they can also be a bit stressful when it comes to picking out a wedding guest outfit.

Think about it—there are so many elements to consider: What’s the dress code? Is it on grass? What won’t make me sweat in the 90-degree heat? Will this look good with my date’s outfit? It’s enough to make your head spin. Luckily, though, I’ve found a few brands that always come through with chic styles to choose from, plus a range of formality options to boot. From the label with the absolute best wedding shoes for every type of ceremony terrain to the new brand guaranteed to earn you compliments, below are the eight best brands for wedding guest outfits.

Retrofête is a newer label on the scene (it just launched last May) but has already amassed an impressive It-girl following. Having been spotted on everyone from Danielle Bernstein to Julie Sariñana, the brand makes party-ready pieces that are perfect for everything from ballroom weddings to birthday parties. I even sent my girlfriend this one-shoulder white number for her rehearsal dinner dress. Now I just need a fancy reason to wear one of their pieces. 

There’s a reason half of your friends show up in Reformation pieces at every event—the brand has the best options. With new arrivals every single week, and an entire wedding/parties section, the scrolling is endless. Its pieces really do check all the boxes: pretty, accessible, sustainable—the list just goes on. Reformation also just added an extended sizes collection, giving us even more reason to turn to Ref for all of our event needs. 

IRO is one of those brands that always manages to create feminine yet slightly edgy dresses. They also make killer heels so if stilettos don’t intimidate you, definitely consider this brand for your next set of nuptials. 

I already ordered this one for a ranch wedding in May. 

You could wear this dress for so many events after, too.

Garden wedding, but make it fashion.

I also ordered these for the same wedding, and I’m counting down the days until I can wear them. 

Australian label Alice McCall is known for its intricate detailing, experimentation with color, and unique silhouettes. Each piece is guaranteed to make you stand out (in a good way!). 

I must confess I actually only recently discovered this brand on Instagram (it launched in 2018), so I haven’t had a chance to try it personally yet, but I’m already eyeing quite a few styles for upcoming ceremonies I’ve been invited to. Everything about the line feels quintessentially summer wedding–appropriate—from the bright colors to the delicate details. 

This one is currently sold out, but the brand confirmed it’s coming back in May (in new colors, too!).

This was basically made for a garden ceremony. 

The perfect slip dress does exist—and it’s made by NYC brand Fleur du Mal. With a range of luxe fabrics, colors, and lengths, these dresses are begging to be worn to a wedding. You can even style them under a blazer long after the ceremony to get even more wear out of them. Pro tip: This brand also makes the chicest lingerie (maybe for under your slip dress?).

Meet said perfect slip dress.

For a fancy ceremony.

Self-Portrait is a label that’s been on our radar for years now, and it never fails to introduce event-worthy pieces. The brand is known for its intricate details and feminine silhouettes, but I especially love its unique prints.

How fun would this be for a ballroom wedding?

If outdoor ceremonies are more of your thing. 

Consider this your go-to brand for all of your wedding accessory needs. By Far has the best low-heeled sandals perfect for dancing the night away without pain. It also has multiple styles that feature a wider block heel, so if your wedding is on grass, you won’t have to worry about sinking into the ground. The brand just introduced handbags a few months ago as well, and the below black satin clutch is just begging to be on your arm for a ceremony.

Note the low heel to save your feet from late-night pain.

These are clutch if your ceremony is on grass.

One word: Chic.  Next up: 24 fashion insiders with the prettiest engagement rings.

Paris and L.A. Girls Are All Buying These 9 New Dresses Today

As it turns out, Jeanne Damas has the same admiration for L.A. style as we do for Paris fashion. The French style icon has just released her new summer collection for Rouje, and the L.A.-shot campaign is aptly dubbed Hotel California. With a dreamy mix of mini and midi dresses, as well as tops, bags, and shoes, the collection melds together the best parts of L.A. and Paris style.

“The California-inspired pieces show the flirty and effortless style of a Parisian girl mixed with California’s cool vibe,” the press release reads. Can you think of a better combo? In addition to the brand’s signature floral prints, there are some new cherry and strawberry prints that are begging to come along on your next summer vacation. It was tough to narrow down the selection, but we picked our nine favorite dresses we think you’ll love—whether you’re a California girl, a French girl, or simply an admirer of chic dresses.

Next, the four dress trends every princess, queen, and duchess owns

17 Items From Nordstrom’s Insane Sale I Just Frantically Added to Cart

Nordstrom just dropped the prices on thousands of incredible items, but I urge you not to panic (as I did) when I dug through thousands of items today in search of the best buys from the epic spring sale. Nordstrom is a one-stop shop if there ever was one, and perhaps my favorite thing about the mega-retailer is that you can snag affordable finds and add them to cart right alongside a designer bag (if you’re so inclined). There’s something to be said for fewer packages to have to track, amirite? There’s a lot to covet from this sale, but I managed to narrow it down to some of the best jeans, shoes, jewelry, dresses, and leggings, so scroll on to fill your cart before your favorites fly out of stock.

Here’s your answer to straw-bag fatigue.
Wow, these have so many good reviews.
Reformation rarely has sales, so jump on this cute minidress.
I call this cool-girl polka dots.
These earrings basically go with every summer outfit.
Just copy this entire outfit and call it a day.
Short-sleeve cardigans are trending. Get yourself one.
If summer looked like a shoe, these would be them.
Here’s the perfect spring sweater you’ve been searching for.
Very intrigued by how cool these pleated jeans look.
The buttons on this are worth the splurge alone.
A trend (beige) but also a functional classic.
Great color combination.
This is the perfect excuse to get a new pair of cool jeans.
This is how to carry the cowboy boot trend into the warmer months.
Big sunglasses are back, but this pair is timeless.
Gotta love that these come in sizes 23 to 37.

Next up, 38 affordable shoes, bags, T-shirts, and swimsuits to buy when you’re bored.

The Best Immunity-Boosting Juice to Kickstart Your Morning

If you like to start your mornings with a cold-pressed juice, invest in state-of-the-art juicer to supercharge your nutrient intake at home. And if you’re in need of a new recipe to breathe life into your typical blends, consider this intriguing concoction called Xtra Holla Pain Yo.

It’s made with traditional staples, like orange and carrot, but ramps up the flavor profile (not to mention the nutritional benefits) with jalapeño, beet, and turmeric.

This bright, earthy combo is one of the most popular immunity boosters at JuiceLand, in Austin, Texas.

“It’ll get your blood pumping and arouse your olfactory senses,” says JuiceLand creator Matt Shook. Just adjust the amount of jalapeño pepper to find the right amount of kick for you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Activist Bill McKibben Calls for Extreme Action to Curb Climate Change and Save Mankind

BILL MCKIBBEN SHOWS up soaking wet. A hard January rain has been falling all morning, knocking out the power and phone lines, and turning the snowpack at Middlebury College’s nordic ski center, in Vermont, into white quicksand. But McKibben, a writer and an environmental activist, decided to hit the trails anyway, and is the last skier to return to the lodge. “I can confirm it’s somewhat moist,” he reports. Along with wet ski gear, he’s sporting his trademark half-rim glasses and close-cropped gray hair. Skiing is his “great vice,” he says. “It’s a guaranteed escape from the things that I worry about the rest of the time—the only problem is that it’s probably the single human activity most immediately susceptible to climate change.

After changing into dry layers, McKibben, 58, folds his tall frame into an armchair near the lodge’s wood stove. The spot is his informal second office here at Middlebury, where he teaches writing and environmental activism. (He lives nearby with his wife, the writer Susan Halpern.) “I’ve spent my life working on climate change in part because it’s just so incredibly annoying,” he tells me. “We know what to do, we know how to do it—we’re just not.” His annoyance is understandable. Thirty years ago, McKibben’s 1989 classic, The End of Nature, was among the first books on global warming written for the general public and helped to move the issue beyond academic circles.

Bill Mckibben Book
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In the years since, McKibben has become one of the most influential figures in combating climate change, perhaps best known not for his writing but for his activism. As the co-founder of the nonprofit 350.org, he has helped to organize some of the world’s largest protests against fossil-fuel interests. His work has won him a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Sierra Club’s John Muir Award, and made him a hero to other activists—and a target of right-wing stalkers, along with the FBI. “Bill is this rare combination of an intellectual and a grassroots activist,” says Erich Pica, president of the environmental group Friends of the Earth. “He’s been capable of putting some really important concepts out in the public by showing, in a compelling way, how and why we should get involved in fighting climate change.”

On the other end of the spectrum, the Heartland Institute, a free-market think tank, has accused him of “global warming alarmism,” and The National Review has condemned his “stunningly radical economic views” for pushing fossil-fuel divestment, as well as called him an “environmental killjoy” who pretends this is the worst time to live on Earth.

A Pennsylvania pipeline
A Pennsylvania pipeline Charles Mostoller/ Bloomberg

But McKibben is unwavering in his views or approach. His 18th book, Falter, out in April, offers an alarming picture of the world in decline, as drought, rising sea levels, and wildfires shrink the habitable earth. As a result, McKibben argues, life as we know it is on the verge of playing itself out, threatened by human-caused climate change but also A.I. and robotics, which he believes erode human dignity. What most sets the book apart from his earlier work is its call for mass civil disobedience and collective action. “My house is covered with solar panels, and I drive an electric vehicle,” McKibben tells me. “But [that’s not] how we’re going to win at this point.” With Falter, he hopes to inspire readers to join movements, block pipelines, and help shutter oil refineries. “We’ve kicked off changes that are so large that even if we do everything right from this point on,” he says, “it’s going to take a certain amount of luck to get out of this.”

DESPITE FALTER’S BLEAK thesis, McKibben seems content and relaxed in person; for years, he taught Sunday school, and he looks the part. He grew up in Lexington, Massachusetts, and worked as a reporter in New York City after graduating from Harvard. He took an interest in climate change while researching a story on the origins of everything in his apartment, which made him realize the extent to which the urban world depends on the natural. He became convinced of climate-change science and set out to win over others in his writing, culminating with The End of Nature. A decade after its release, many people had started to believe in climate change, but little had been done to stop it.

Mckibben is arrested for blocking a gas facility
Mckibben is arrested for blocking a gas facility Courtesy of We Are Seneca Lake

“We were losing because the fight had nothing to do with data,” McKibben says. “The fight had to do with money and power.”

With that in mind, McKibben and a handful of Middlebury students co-founded 350.org in 2008, in hopes of countering the fossil-fuel industry’s efforts to influence policy and block clean-energy initiatives. The organization worked with ranchers and Native American activists to protest the Keystone Pipeline; in 2015, it helped persuade the Obama administration to kill the project. (President Trump later reversed the decision.) Then, in 2016, 350.org organized a peaceful, 30,000-plus-person worldwide protest of fossil-fuel projects, one of the largest-ever acts of civil disobedience focused on climate change.

A 350.org protest
A 350.org protest Courtesy of Laura Mordas-Schenkein

The success of these demonstrations earned McKibben no shortage of foes. In 2018, The Guardian unearthed files showing that the FBI had surveilled 350.org and McKibben on suspicions of domestic terrorism. “That didn’t surprise me, given the history of the FBI,” McKibben says. The feds, in fact, are far less a concern to him than the climate-change deniers who have photographed him and his family sitting in church, grocery shopping, and waiting at the airport, posting the images online afterward. Death threats are also frequent. Message-board commenters have suggested that he be shot, and have posted his address. McKibben deletes most of the threatening emails he gets but has shared alarming ones with the police.

EVEN IF WE DO EVERYTHING RIGHT FROM THIS POINT ON, IT’S GOING TO TAKE LUCK TO GET OUT OF THIS.

Still, McKibben has faith in humanity. “It doesn’t seem OK to give up on human beings,” he says. He has recently shifted into an advisory role at 350.org, which today has a staff of hundreds, and is banking on young activists to help mitigate climate change. “Bill has educated so many people who share his vision, and these leaders are leading now,” says the activist and author Naomi Klein. “I think that’s all he really wanted. He didn’t want to be a climate star; he’s happiest when he’s skiing or canoeing.”

With the lodge shutting down for the day, McKibben decides not to dawdle any longer. He’ll ski again soon anyway: In a few weeks, he’s heading to Minnesota to protest a pipeline, by skiing part of the proposed route. He knows the road ahead of him and other environmentalists is daunting, but he tries to keep the issue in perspective. “My grandparents’ generation had to go kill people and get killed to stop fascism in Europe,” he says. “You don’t have to do that to stop climate change. You can join some demonstrations, and maybe at worst you have to go to jail for a few days.” Jail isn’t fun, but it’s not the end of the world: “The end of the world is the end of the world—that’s why we do it.”

The Best Pilot Watches for Men

These days, guys may sometimes wear watches for show, but for the aviators over the past century, the timepieces made a real difference. Chronographs, tachymeters, and all the other complications you’ll find in the best pilot watches are time-tested tools for keeping an aviator in the air—but can also be useful in your everyday life.

“Pilot watches are one of the coolest gear watches because they have this rich history that’s dictated their design,” says the founder and CEO of watch retail site Crown & Caliber Hamilton Powell. Cartier created not only the first pilot’s watch, but one of the first-ever wristwatches—called the Santos—in 1904 for famous Brazilian pilot Albert Santos Dumont, who was struggling to read his pocket watch mid-flight. Unlike many round pilot watches today, it had a square bezel and Roman numeral hour markers. “Today, onboard computers take care of the necessity of the pilot watch, but the spirit hasn’t been lost,” Powell says.

But if you’re considering a pilot watch, there are a few things you should know before you buy. If you’re looking to use all of a pilot watch’s capability, consider one with a chronograph—a stopwatch function controlled by two pushers on either side of the crown. A tachymeter—denoted by small markers on the dial starting at 12:00—can help you read distance over time. Some digital watches also display altitude, temperature, and barometric pressure. If you’re looking for one that just looks great on your wrist, be sure to choose one with a diameter that isn’t wider than your wrist itself. Watches between 38 and 42 millimeters wide are a safe bet for most guys.

“These watches are casual enough for a T-shirt, but can also look great with a suit,” Powell says. “And they can easily showcase their personality at a glance.” If you often wear a button-up shirt, choose one with a slim case. Sportier watches with large cases and busier dials often look better with casual attire, while simple, slim watches with fewer complications are a safer bet when wearing a sport coat or a suit.

No matter how you wear them, scroll down to see our list of the best watches to consider—whether you’re looking for all the functionality or want one that has a pilot watch-inspired style—starting at under $200.

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Just Made the TIME 100 Most Influential List

There was a time when Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson had just seven bucks in his pocket, a major football injury, and no idea what he was going to do with the rest of his life. That’s why the superstar actor described being part of of the 2019 TIME 100 list of the Most Influential People as one of the biggest moments of his career.

As Johnson put it on Instagram before the list was revealed: “Life can be so bat shit unpredictable as I’m right back in the place (Calgary) where my $7 bucks story began – and it’s also on the eve of announcing to you one of the biggest honors of my entire career.”

Johnson made the list alongside athletes and entertainers like NBA star LeBron James, soccer star Mohamed Salah, golfer Tiger Woods, actor Mahershala Ali, Avengers: Endgame and Captain Marvel star Brie Larson, and Game of Thrones actor Richard Madden.

For his entry on the TIME 100, Johnson got a write up from his Fast & Furious co-star Gal Gadot.

“There is no one in Hollywood quite like Dwayne Johnson,” Gadot wrote. “Dwayne is someone who believes the sky is the limit and will go above and beyond to make sure he gives 100% every single day, whether he’s at the gym, working with his charity (the Dwayne Johnson Rock Foundation), being with his family and friends, or working on a new project.”

Coming up, Johnson is keeping himself as busy as ever, with Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, Jumanji 3, Black Adam (part of the Shazam! universe), and Jungle Cruise with Emily Blunt on the horizon over the next couple years.

So if you need some inspiration to take your next adventure or challenge, remember that at one point Johnson had just seven bucks in his pocket and was at a major crossroads in his life and career.

Read Johnson’s full write-up on the TIME 100 list here.

Get Up to 77% Off Luxury Watches, Glasses and More in the Jomashop Easter Sale

If you’ve ever dreamed of owning brands like Breitling and Montblanc but figured they were out of reach, this is the opportunity of a lifetime. Jomashop is having a huge sale on a remarkable selection of watches and accessories through April 19 only, with markdowns up to 77 percent off.

From classic task watches to luxury timepieces, get over to Jomashop right now and take advantage of these amazing deals. You can also finance your purchase with Affirm and get a monthly payment that’s totally manageable. And for a timepiece that you’ll be proud to show off for the rest of your life, maybe even pass on to your kids? It might be a bargain you can’t afford to resist.

All Jomashop watches come with a warranty. And Jomashop understands this is a high-end purchase that you’re going to want to appreciate immediately. So the company offers free next-day air delivery on orders over $1,000. Just use the code FREENDA. (For orders under $1K, you can get the same next-day treatment for $25 with the same code.)

Jomashop has been in the retail and wholesale trade of luxury goods such as watches, fine writing instruments, accessories, crystal, and gift items for well over 25 years. It’s an established company that you can trust. To Jomashop this means providing a combination of competitive pricing, honest and reliable customer service 24/7/365, and a state-of-the-art, New York City-based fulfillment center capable of delivering products all around the world.

Get It: Check out all the great deals at the Jomashop Easter Sale today

The First Yellowstone Golden Eagle Fitted With a GPS Tracker Was Poisoned by a Lead Bullet

Yellowstone National Park is famous for being a pristine haven in some of the most beautiful terrain in the western U.S., but it seems the park alone isn’t enough to protect the wildlife that call it home. A research team in Yellowstone has encountered a setback that underscores that issue: the untimely death of a golden eagle they were tracking. Officials confirmed this week that the first golden eagle fitted with a GPS tracking device had died from lead poisoning, likely after eating bullet fragments from an animal killed by a hunter outside the park, The Denver Post reports.

 

“It’s a little gut-wrenching because it’s so darn hard to trap and tag an eagle, and it’s frustrating for the graduate student who’s leading the project,” U.S. Geological Survey eagle scientist Todd Katzner told The Denver Post.

The bird was an adult female golden eagle, thought to be about five years old. She died in December, and officials have now released a probable cause of death following an examination of the bird’s remains. Researchers found that the bird had a level of lead well beyond the lethal limit, Atlas Obscura reports. Eagles often scavenge on the guts left behind when hunters field dress an animal. Eating those remains can expose the birds to fragments of lead bullets, causing lead poisoning.

“Avian scavengers globally are exposed to lead and suffer from lead poisoning,” Katzner told Atlas Obscura. “Data show that lead levels in birds usually peak during winter—concurrent with timing of hunting seasons. As such, it is not a surprise that a bird that crosses in and out of Yellowstone may have been exposed to lead.”

Researchers have managed to trap and tag several other Yellowstone golden eagles, but it’s a difficult process, so losing one is a major blow to their research efforts. The tracked birds are fitted small, backpack-like GPS devices that ping the animal’s location every hour. Golden eagles are one of the largest birds in North America, with a wingspan of about seven feet. While their numbers are steady, they’re lower than they could be, and the birds have an alarmingly low birth rate. The tracking project was devised to help wildlife researchers figure out why.

Although the female raptor was killed just four months after she was fitted with a tracker, she did provide valuable information for researchers: She ranged nearly 40 miles outside her home turf in Yellowstone during that time. Her death illustrates the complex array of threats that wildlife face, even when land is set aside to protect them. Some activists have called for bans on lead bullets (California has passed a ban that goes into effect on July 1) to protect birds and other animals that scavenge on remains. Copper bullets are an alternative, but they’re more expensive. Regardless, the eagle’s death shows that even legal hunting can have negative effects for wildlife.

“As researchers, it is always frustrating when this happens,” Katzner told Atlas Obscura. “We care about the animals we study and we care about the success of our research.”

 

Jimmie Johnson Finished the Boston Marathon and Qualified for Next Year’s Race, Too

NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson has notched another impressive finish, but this time he wasn’t behind the wheel. As we reported in our profile on the racing legend, Johnson set a goal to train for and finish the Boston Marathon this year. On Monday, he swapped his No. 48 Chevy for a No. 4848 bib and finished the race with an official time of 3:09:07, beating the three-hour, ten-minute mark to qualify for next year’s marathon in his age group.

 

Johnson, the only driver to ever win five consecutive NASCAR Cup championships, held himself to an intense training regimen even as the racing season began in February. He ran up to 90 miles per week, often at Freedom Park near his home in Charlotte, North Carolina. He ran Boston less than 36 hours after finishing the Toyota Owners 400 in Richmond, Virginia. As he points out in the video below, the track at Richmond is a demanding one, and it put a great deal of stress on his body—not an ideal way to prep for a marathon.

“The next two days are going to be the biggest physical challenges of my life,” Johnson said.

He flew up to Boston directly after the race to toe the line in Hopkinton. Thanks to his intense fitness regimen and plenty of Gatorade, he pulled off an impressive finish on Monday.

While this isn’t Johnson’s first race outside of NASCAR (he has completed five triathlons and an Ironman), it looks like he may have caught the running bug.

“It hurt, but it was worth every bit of it,” he said.

Take 50% Off Everything at J.Crew Factory—Suiting Included!

This. Is. Huge. J.Crew Factory always has a killer selection of stuff, but right now you can get 50 percent off everything at J.Crew Factory. You read that right: EVERYTHING. The sale includes recently added styles in the New Arrivals section, as well as suits, shirts, shoes, jeans, swim trunks, chinos, and accessories, too.

No matter if you’re trying to update your spring wardrobe, pick up the perfect pair of board shorts to last you through the summer, or just get your hands on some real steals, head to J.Crew Factory before this weekend is out. This sale only runs through midnight on Sunday, April 21, so regardless what you’re on the hunt for, the time to hunt is now. This big sale happens just twice a year, so why wait?

J.Crew gear is always done with an eye on style and sensibility. The quality is renowned, so you know if you pick up a pair of chinos or a dress shirt they’re going to last for years. And the staples are impossible to deny. Things like tee shirts, underwear, and socks are always on point, and always well-made. So right now is time to finally relegate that dingy old used-to-be-white tee to the rag bin and pick yourself up some brand-new gear.

And the suits! There’s an amazing selection of suits and jackets on sale, and they’re all 50 percent off. Wool, Pique Flex, Linen, Seersucker—you name it, it’s on sale. Planning a wedding? You can even get your groomsmen tuxedo’d up—but only if you strike now.

Check it out:

And the list goes on. Oh, and did we mention that during this huge, twice-yearly sale, everything in J.Crew Factory’s Clearance section is another 50 percent off when you use the code FULLBASKET?

You just can’t afford not to check out J.Crew Factory this weekend. Regardless if you’re shopping for pants, shoes, shirts, or shorts; suits, ties, floral prints or solids, you can find it at J.Crew Factory. And it’s all half price.

Check out everything on sale at J.Crew Factory today. Sale ends April 23 at midnight.

Hoda Kotb Adopts Second Daughter: Baby Girl Hope Catherine

Hoda Kotb has adopted another baby girl. The 54-year-old American broadcast journalist called into the Today show to let the world know her very exciting news.

“It’s a girl!” she announced very early on Tuesday morning on the show. Hoda added that her name is Hope Catherine Kotb.

The Today show anchor also adopted a baby girl two years ago, Haley Joy Kotb.

According to Hoda, Haley is already bonding with her baby sister. “She was trying to feed her her raspberries and I was like, ‘Not yet, babe,’” Kotb shared, adding that Haley was marching around and letting people know she’s a big sister.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Hoda has been in a relationship with Joel Schiffman, a successful New York financier, for six years. They met at a Wall Street event in 2013 and were together at the hospital when Hope was born.

“I just can’t believe it’s happening, y’all. I can’t.”

“Joel and I were standing there when they hand you the baby,” Kotb said. “And it’s the closest thing to a live birth I think you’ll ever see. In that moment … my heart just grew 10 times. It’s amazing.”

A battle with breast cancer 10 years ago left Hoda Kotb unable to conceive. “One of the things in my life I’ve always wanted was to be a mom,” Kotb told People in 2017. “Sometimes in your life, things just don’t work out for whatever reason, so you say, ‘Well, I wasn’t meant to have that.’ But it was really hard to come to terms with it.”

After the Daily Mail published pictures of the couple, Kotb told Carson Daily on Today in January 2015 that “I almost didn’t go out the night I met him. Cause you know how you don’t feel like it because it’s raining and icky and why not just watch a Law & Order rerun and stay home and eat potato chips – and I’m so glad I went out that night because it was a chance meeting that ended up being kind of a life-transforming event for me.”

We last spotted Hoda Kotb at Kathy Lee Gifford’s goodbye party in New York City. The longtime Today anchor celebrated her final day on the morning show on April 5.

Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford attend Kathie Lee Gifford’s farewell party held at The Times Square EDITION in New York City on March 26, 2019

Credit: Patricia Schlein / WENN

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High-Shine Slingback Pumps With Translucent Insets by Francesco Russo

Available in silver and beige, these adjustable slingback strap high-shine pointy-toe pumps from Francesco Russo are distinguished by of-the-moment translucent insets.

The model has styled her shoes with Devon cuff boyfriend jeans by Los Angeles-based label GRLFRND ($228 at Nordstrom). Which color do you want?

Silver Slingback Pointy-Toe Pumps, $670 at Nordstrom

Of-the-moment translucent insets at the slingback strap distinguish a high-shine pump in a pointy-toe silhouette

Of-the-moment translucent insets at the slingback strap distinguish a high-shine pump in a pointy-toe silhouette

Beige Slingback Pointy-Toe Pumps, $670 at Nordstrom

Of-the-moment translucent insets at the slingback strap distinguish a high-shine pump in a pointy-toe silhouette

Devon Cuff Boyfriend Jeans, $228 at Nordstrom

Slouched jeans crafted from Italian nonstretch denim offer a laid-back, borrowed-from-the-boys feel.

Slouched jeans crafted from Italian nonstretch denim offer a laid-back, borrowed-from-the-boys feel.

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Karlie Kloss Wears Grandma Shoes at Bravo’s A Night of Food and Fashion For Your Consideration Event

Karlie Kloss paraded her legs on the red carpet in horrific grandma shoes from Giuseppe Zanotti’s SS19 collection on the red carpet at Bravo’s A Night of Food and Fashion For Your Consideration Event on Tuesday night at Vibiana in Los Angeles.

Gail Simmons, Christian Siriano, Karlie Kloss, and Padma Lakshmi at Bravo’s A Night of Food and Fashion For Your Consideration Event at Vibiana in Los Angeles on April 16, 2019Gail Simmons, Christian Siriano, Karlie Kloss, and Padma Lakshmi at Bravo’s A Night of Food and Fashion For Your Consideration Event at Vibiana in Los Angeles on April 16, 2019

The 26-year-old model and TV host flaunted her legs in a red cutout dress from the Olivier Theyskens Fall 2019 Collection featuring side pockets.

Karlie Kloss flaunted her legs in a red Olivier Theyskens Fall dress featuring cut-outs and step hemsKarlie Kloss flaunted her legs in a red Olivier Theyskens Fall dress featuring cut-outs and step hems

She showed off her feet in black alligator print criss-cross grandma shoes that you can purchase at Farfetch and Net-A-Porter.

Karlie Kloss showed off her feet in ugly grandma shoesKarlie Kloss showed off her feet in ugly grandma shoes

Brown Felicia Croc-Effect Leather Mules, $625 at Farfetch and Net-A-Porter

Set on a 50mm kitten heel, these brown leather sandals have been made in Italy from alligator skin effect leather and have crisscross straps and elegant round toes.

Set on a 50mm kitten heel, they've been made in Italy from croc-effect leather and have crisscross straps and elegant round toes.

Flame Red Felicia Croc-Effect Leather Mules, $625 at GZ Design

These criss-cross sandals are made from alligator-print leather in flame red.

These criss-cross sandals are made from alligator-print leather in flame red.

Last month, Karlie also attended the premiere of Project Runway in a sensual Brandon Maxwell Fall 2019 blazer and midi dress. She styled her look with simple black pumps.

Karlie Kloss wore an all-black outfit on the red carpet at the premiere of Project Runway at Vandal in New York City on March 7, 2019Karlie Kloss wore an all-black outfit on the red carpet at the premiere of Project Runway at Vandal in New York City on March 7, 2019

Credit: FayesVision / WENN / Chloe Bell / Future Image

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Is Shoes.com Legit? Reviews, Coupon Codes & Return Policy

Founded as a competitor to Zappos in Boston during 1999, Shoes.com is one of the oldest footwear retailers still operating online.

The website was sold by Brown Shoe Company to Hardy Capital Portfolio in 2014. The headquarter was moved to Vancouver, Canada, but the company announced it was exiting the shoe business in January 2017.

Shoes.com employees at the company's new headquarter in BostonShoes.com employees at the company’s new headquarter in Boston

Following its shut-down, Wal-Mart paid $9 million for the Shoes.com web address and merged the website with Shoebuy.com. The company is now officially owned by Jet.com, which is part of The Walmart US eCommerce division.

It is no longer a Canadian company, and the headquarter has moved back to Boston, Massachusetts.

1. Is Shoes.com a Safe Website?

Yes, most definitely. Wal-Mart does not want Amazon to dominate the footwear market. The American multinational retail corporation is investing a lot of money in Shoes.com to take on competitors like Nordstrom and Zappos.

Shoes.com is a legit website owned by Wal-MartShoes.com is a legit website owned by Wal-Mart

2. Is Shoes.com Still in Business?

Yes. While the company went out of business for a short period following the bankruptcy in 2017, the website opened again after a few months.

Wal-Mart is continuing to invest in apparel and footwear e-commerce in a series of moves orchestrated by Marc Lore, president and Chief Executive Officer of Walmart eCommerce U.S.

3. Does Shoes.com Offer Coupons and Promo Codes

Yes, the company helpfully publishes the best coupons and promo codes on its website.

Please note that coupons can not be used on the following brands: Ahnu, Alegria, Ariat, ASICS, Birkenstock, Blundstone, Born, Brooks, Columbia, Dansko, Earth, Earthies, Florsheim, Giesswein, Johnston & Murphy, Kalso Earth Shoe, Minnetonka, Naot, Saucony, Softspots, SOREL, Stride Rite, Taos, Teva, Teva Kids, The North Face, UGG, Under Armour, Sam Edelman, Haflinger, ECCO, Vionic, Frye, and Olukai

4. What Is the Shoes.com Returns Policy?

Shoes must be sent back within 60 days from the purchase date. During the Christmas shopping season (November 1 – January 1), you may return within 90 days. Returned products should be unworn and include all original tags.

While exchanges are free, there’s a $6.95 restocking fee per item. You can read the entire returns policy at Shoes.com.

Compared to Zappos and Nordstrom, the company still has relatively negative reviews. While prices are generally competitive, they still have some work to do with regard to customer service.

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Todd Snyder x New Balance Releases the Dark Ale 990v3

Todd Snyder New Balance Dark Ale 990v3 Release Date

The Todd Snyder x New Balance partnership continues with another full-bodied, limited-edition collaboration on the New Balance 990.

Made in the USA and crafted with vegetable tanned leather, these running shoes age well. The chemical-free tanning process produces a patina that deepens with natural hues as time passes. Crafted with buttery beige suede and micro-mesh fabric, the design is a perfect union of modern innovation and the traditions of classic cobbling. Lightweight and practical, the design also incorporates a carbon fiber spring plate and innovated Encap technology for unrivaled bounce, support and cushion.

Below you can check out more images of the Todd Snyder x New Balance Dark Ale 990v3 which will give you a closer look. For those that are interested in purchasing they are available now at toddsnyder.com. Retail price is set at $200.

Todd Snyder New Balance Dark Ale 990v3 Release Date
Todd Snyder New Balance Dark Ale 990v3 Release Date

Todd Snyder New Balance Dark Ale 990v3 Release Date

Todd Snyder New Balance Dark Ale 990v3 Release Date

Todd Snyder New Balance Dark Ale 990v3 Release Date

Todd Snyder New Balance Dark Ale 990v3 Release Date

Todd Snyder New Balance Dark Ale 990v3 Release Date

Todd Snyder New Balance Dark Ale 990v3 Release Date

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A Ma Maniere Unveils adidas Consortium Crazy BYW Low Collaboration

A Ma Maniere adidas Crazy BYW Low BB9486 Release Date

A Ma Maniere is now expanding on the collaborations and this time around they connect with adidas Consortium to release their very own Crazy BYW Low.

This collaboration comes dressed in an Ash Pea, Deep Purple and Night Red color combination. Featuring a Burgundy neoprene bootie while perforated suede lands on the overlays. Following we have Tan tumbled leather on the mudguard while Purple lands on the eyelets and ankle collar. We also have Blue suede on the heel pull area and the same color lands on the overlay on the lateral side. Boost is then used for the cushioning. As for the branding, ‘A’ is debossed on the heel tab, ‘A Ma Maniere’ is place on the lateral ankle collar while co-branding is seen on the insoles to complete the look.

A Ma Maniere adidas Crazy BYW Low Release Details

You can expect the A Ma Maniere x adidas Crazy BYW Low to release exclusively at A Ma Maniere flagships and online at a-ma-maniere.com on April 20th. Retail price is set at $220. Continue to scroll below to see additional photos for a better look.

A Ma Maniere x adidas Consortium Crazy BYW Low
Color: Ash Pea/Deep Purple-Night Red
Release Date: April 20, 2019
Style Number: BB9486
Price: $220

A Ma Maniere adidas Crazy BYW Low BB9486 Release Date
A Ma Maniere adidas Crazy BYW Low BB9486 Release Date

A Ma Maniere adidas Crazy BYW Low BB9486 Release Date

A Ma Maniere adidas Crazy BYW Low BB9486 Release Date

A Ma Maniere adidas Crazy BYW Low BB9486 Release Date

A Ma Maniere adidas Crazy BYW Low BB9486 Release Date

A Ma Maniere adidas Crazy BYW Low BB9486 Release Date

A Ma Maniere adidas Crazy BYW Low BB9486 Release Date

A Ma Maniere adidas Crazy BYW Low BB9486 Release Date

A Ma Maniere adidas Crazy BYW Low BB9486 Release Date

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Pusha T Unveils adidas Ozweego ‘King Push’ Collaboration at Coachella

Pusha T adidas Ozweego King Push Release Date

Pusha T and adidas Originals will release a new collaboration this Summer. Known as the adidas Ozweego ‘King Push’, this pair was seen during Coachella.

Looking closer this adidas Ozweego features White mesh across the upper while leather lands on the overlays. In addition we have Cream used on the midsole and a Black rubber outsole. Pusha T has nicknamed this pair ‘Nose Candy Mandy’ for his color choice that resembles a certain White powder.

Pusha T adidas Ozweego King Push Release Details

While a select release date for the Pusha T x adidas Ozweego ‘King Push’ has yet to be announced, they are expected to arrive at select retailers and online at adidas.com this Summer. Once more information is available we will make sure to update.

Pusha T adidas Ozweego King Push Release Date
Pusha T adidas Ozweego King Push Release Date

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Nike Starting to Release the Air Huarache Run EXT Zip

Nike Air Huarache Run EXT Zip Black Game Royal CI0009-002 Release Date

The classic Huarache gets a twist with the Nike Air Huarache Run EXT Zip. The difference between this pair and the Zip that released in 2018 is the lack of a lacing setup.

This release comes dressed in a Black, White and Game Royal color combination. You can wear it zipped, laced or totally undone—its cushioned bootie will keep your foot secure with a snug, sock-like fit. Bold branding adds to this irreverent take on a Nike icon.

This Huarache Run EXT Zip has now started to release at retailers overseas, however you can expect a stateside launch to take place soon at select shops including online at Nike.com. Below you can check out more images for a closer look.

Nike Air Huarache Run EXT Zip
Color: Black/White-Game Royal
Style Number: CI0009-002

Nike Air Huarache Run EXT Zip Black Game Royal CI0009-002 Release Date
Nike Air Huarache Run EXT Zip Black Game Royal CI0009-002 Release Date

Nike Air Huarache Run EXT Zip Black Game Royal CI0009-002 Release Date

Nike Air Huarache Run EXT Zip Black Game Royal CI0009-002 Release Date

Nike Air Huarache Run EXT Zip Black Game Royal CI0009-002 Release Date

Nike Air Huarache Run EXT Zip Black Game Royal CI0009-002 Release Date

Nike Air Huarache Run EXT Zip Black Game Royal CI0009-002 Release Date

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