A Safer Back to School with The Safe Drinking Mask Kit
The Safe Mask Company is proud to present their latest mask designed specifically for kids. It's certain to become the must-have back to school supply. The Safe Drinking kit, the first of its kind, allows parents to have peace of mind in knowing that their child has a way to wear his or her mask throughout the day, be comfortable and stay hydrated.
Nutley, NJ, July 29, 2020 --(PR.com)-- With schools about to open up, parents everywhere are worried. How are they going to send their kids to school with a mask on and still have the ability to drink during the day? The Safe Drinking Mask Kit, now Patent Pending, allows your child to wear a comfortable mask all day long and still enjoy their favorite beverage using a small opening in the mask to insert a reusable straw. The kit includes the mask, the reusable non-toxic straw, cleaning brush along with a stylish convenient carrying case.
“As a mom of two kids, the Safe Drinking Mask Kit alleviates my fears that my kids are going to rip off their masks the second they leave my car. I feel much calmer knowing that they have a way to drink through the day while safely wearing their mask,” Mia Eng, Cliffside Park mom says. The kit was created for boys and girls from pre-K all the way up to high school. It is made from machine washable cotton and has adjustable straps for a comfortable fit. It is available in 8 patterns and is designed specifically for children.
Schools are set to open and a large concern is how to keep kids safe. Everyone agrees on social distancing and wearing masks is also an important consideration. But until now, masks for children have not been designed to accommodate the frequent desire that children have to drink some type of beverage. The Safe Drinking Mask Kit provides a solution to this emerging problem.
Available as of July 27 from the Safe Mask Company.
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InstaThread, a Children's Clothing Marketplace, Pledges to Match Vendors Sales Up to Ten Dollars in Effort to Help Businesses Affected by the Coronavirus
Due to the recent pandemic, an estimated 40% of small businesses plan to not reopen according to FEMA and The U.S. Small Business Administration. To help small businesses and home based vendors, InstaThread has pledged to match new vendors first sale up to $10.
Indianapolis, IN, August 07, 2020 --(PR.com)-- InstaThread is an online marketplace focused on the sale of new and gently used children's clothing and accessories. InstaThread is itself a small business and has not been unaffected by the recent pandemic.
Many of the website's vendors and community members own brick and mortar businesses which have had to close during this difficult time. After an overwhelming show of support from these business owners InstaThread has pledged to take their part in helping them through this difficult time.
After talking with many of its users InstaThread has decided to match new users first sales up to $10. This may not be enough to keep a businesses doors open, but this show of support is nevertheless helpful as small business revenue continues to decline.
Emily Weiss, Founder and CEO Update as of August 7:
Since we closed our stores in March, we’ve strived to make the “right next decision” with a people-first lens, given all the uncertainty surrounding the pandemic. In recent months, it’s become clear that we will be living with the health and safety risks of COVID-19 for the remainder of 2020 and likely beyond. In light of this time horizon, we’ve made the difficult decision that we will not reopen our three stores this year, and possibly for the duration of the pandemic.
Sadly, this means we are taking the step of laying off our incredible retail employees in New York, Los Angeles and London, who have been furloughed since the start of June. To say that these teammates have been an essential part of making our stores so special would be an understatement. We could not be more grateful for everything they’ve brought to Glossier and the exceptional customer experience they created each day.
We recognize that this news comes at a challenging time for our retail employees in the United States, as Congress continues to stall on deciding the future of the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) benefit. It is critical that the government moves quickly to meaningfully support the tens of millions of Americans who rely on this benefit to weather the massive economic disruption brought about by the pandemic.
We will be providing our New York and Los Angeles teammates with 12 weeks of severance, healthcare coverage through the end of October for those on our plan, and additional wellness and mental health services. For the team supporting our pop-up in London, who we employ through a third party, we will not be renewing their temporary contract at the end of August.
As a digital-first company, we have always viewed our offline experiences as a channel for connection and community, and that mandate has not changed. We will keep working to find new formats for bringing joy to our community in this current environment, while reimagining Glossier retail for the future so that we can reopen with renewed creativity, energy, and scale when it is safe to do so. And we’ll continue to focus on delivering an engaging customer experience on our primary channel, e-commerce, at a time when beauty shopping and discovery are rapidly moving online.
Update as of May 18:
At Glossier, we were among the first to close our retail locations to support public health, and we now believe we’ll be among the last to reopen. The very things that make Glossier retail so special—the crowds, the lines, the experience of being together—are also the reasons why we have an added responsibility to our community. We’re challenging ourselves to reimagine the offline experience for this moment and beyond, and we’re hard at work finding new ways to inspire joy and bring people together, safely.
For all these reasons, we unfortunately need to take the step of furloughing our incredible retail teams in New York, Los Angeles and London as of June 1. Our retail colleagues are the reason our offline experiences are so special, and we’ve strived to take a people-first approach since closing our doors on March 13, continuing to pay them their full wages with the hope that we’d have a better line of sight to reopening our stores by now. With the realization that our timeline for reopening remains uncertain, we will compensate our teams in New York, Los Angeles and London through the end of May, a total of more than eleven weeks since closing our doors. We will continue to cover benefits, including healthcare, through August.
While this is a painful step, we remain as passionate as ever about the importance of offline experiences in Glossier’s future. Since day one, we’ve been a digital-first company, and even in ‘normal’ times, the vast majority of our sales happen online. That doesn’t diminish the role of retail: it elevates it. As shopping for beauty online becomes the norm—and this period is certainly accelerating that trend—retail gets to be about so much more than just procurement: it’s about human connection. We’ve always been building for this world, and this moment only deepens our resolve.
To our retail colleagues: you are the magic makers who bring Glossier offline to life, and we cannot wait for the day when we get to create together again.
Update as of April 17:
In light of the evolving situation surrounding COVID-19, and with respect to current national and regional guidelines, we will keep all our retail locations closed throughout the month of May. Employees at our permanent (NY and LA) and semi-permanent (London) locations will be compensated for their scheduled shifts during this time.
Update as of April 3:
It feels like many months have passed since I wrote this post about temporarily closing all of our retail locations on March 13—I'm still wrapping my head around how quickly COVID-19 is changing our collective reality.
As we at Glossier grapple with what it means to be a company during this time, with what it means to be a human during this time, we want to keep you all updated on the aspect of our business that is most impacted by this new normal: retail, consisting of our permanent stores and our temporary pop-ups.
When we made the decision to close our physical doors, we committed to paying our retail teams for at least two weeks, both those in our longstanding locations of New York, Los Angeles and London, and those in our pop-up locations of Atlanta and Arizona (the latter of which was set to open on the March 18, but is now indefinitely delayed).
Today, given our continued commitment to social distancing through the entirety of April (and longer if necessary), we are taking additional steps to support our team members. We'll pay our retail employees in Atlanta through April 26, the pop-up's scheduled end-date, and we'll pay the people who expected to work the Arizona pop-up through the same date. Hopefully, we'll be in a position to evaluate extending Atlanta, and opening Arizona, at some point in the future. Our retail teams in New York, Los Angeles and London will continue to get paid during our extended closures, through at least May 1. We’ll of course continue to monitor the situation, and adjust our plans and timelines accordingly.
As a first-time CEO, I’m always trying to decipher what I know and don’t know, what a spreadsheet says and what instinctively feels right, but as you well know, these are unparalleled circumstances. No business book, TED Talk, or lived experience could have prepared us for what we, along with the rest of the world, are dealing with right now.
In this moment, we only have one option: to continue to adapt, to reevaluate as the ground shifts under our feet, and to make the right next decision through the lens of our mission, our values, and our people, while ensuring Glossier is here for our customers for decades to come.
Thank you for all of your support, and we look forward to seeing you in our stores as soon as possible. In the meantime, stay safe, and see you all on Glossier.com.
https://www.glossier.com/blog/retail-update-covid19 this is the link to the Glossier Blog where this timeline originated. For continued updates and direct from the company information please go to the blog and subscribe. As of August 8, 2020 this information is accurate and Current. Should anything change and this no longer be the case we will amend or remove this article.
We are always looking for sustainable, eco-friendly clothing brands to support. So when our friends at P.E.T.A. sent us this list, we couldn't wait to share it with you.
1. SUSI StudioSUSI Studio makes absolutely lovely cruelty-free footwear from recycled rubber and other sustainable materials.
2. Hipsters for SistersThis company’s chic fanny packs are handcrafted from either 100 percent organic cotton or Eco-fi, a high-quality fiber created from post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. Talk about freeing women and the planet of their baggage.
3. Native ShoesEvery step of the way, Native Shoes ensures that its production processes are clean and green, with its low-emission manufacturing process and recyclable-material packaging. The best part? Its products are 100 percent animal-friendly.
4. Insecta ShoesInsecta uses recycled rubber and plastic bottles, vintage clothing, and vegan leather to create its eco-friendly, vegan shoes.
5. ROMBAUTROMBAUT is the Brad Pitt of kicks. The company is noted for its lack of toxicity and animal-derived materials—and uses new material innovations made from stone, tree bark, natural rubber, cotton cellulose, and coconut fiber. Next level—we know.
6. In the SoulshineThis Aussie brand’s tees are made with vegan ink and in a factory in Bali where salaries are three to five times more than the average for a tailor on the island. Get the limited-edition PETA x In the Soulshine tee from the PETA Catalog today!
7. DellaDella makes beautiful, one-of-a-kind apparel that also supplies jobs, education, and skills training to the women and men of Hohoe, Ghana—and the company does it without harming animals.
8. Brave GentleManMaterials such as recycled soda and water bottles as well as recycled polyester and cotton blends diverted from waste streams are used in this unisex clothing line.
9. Planet GuestsThis brand focuses on local, sustainable, vegan, and handmade clothing and accessories. Many items, including the Brina loafer, are ecologically-constructed with zero carbon-dioxide emissions.
10. ReformationThis eco-conscious brand appeals to fashionistas everywhere with its on-trend designs and high-quality fabrics, made partially from recycled vintage clothing. Find great vegan looks like this summery dress:
11. Alabama ChaninAlabama Chanin is a vegan-friendly lifestyle company producing well-designed and thoughtfully made goods for people and homes. It uses 100 percent organic cotton fabric—sourced sustainably from seed to fabric—along with repurposed and reclaimed materials in its designs.
12. LoomstateLoomstate is a vegan-friendly brand that’s committed to using 100 percent certified organic cotton in its designs in order to keep the environment clean, its farmers healthy, and its customers comfortable.
13. WawwaWawwa strives to make its garments climate neutral. This means that they’re made using energy only from renewable sources, avoiding excessive CO2 emissions during their production. The company is a certified social enterprise, and its clothing is 100 percent organic and certified vegan by PETA.
14. DoshiDoshi was founded in order to offer smart, fashionable, and high-quality vegan products to people who have ethical, religious, or environmental beliefs that lead them to seek cruelty-free items. The company does its best to find factories that purchase recycled base material and minimize the use of chemicals and solvents in the manufacturing of its materials.
15. Wully OuterwearWhen selecting fabrics, Wully Outerwear gravitates toward those that provide top performance and have a minimal ecological impact. Its local production limits its carbon footprint, and its commitment to reducing CO2emissions further supports its efforts to protect wildlife. The company constantly strives to make its production, products, and packaging as green as they can be.
16. Beyond SkinThis luxury vegan shoe brand’s spring 2017 collection features 100 percent recycled polyurethane lining materials, and all its shoe soles are made from 70 percent recycled rubber resin.
17. NeuauraThis vegan company focuses on recycling the waste from its own facility. Every material that can be reused, which is about 68 percent of the total amount, goes back through the industrial process.
18. Westland JewelryAll Westland jewelry is cast in 100 percent recycled metal, which comes from postconsumer products, such as already existing jewelry, electronics, and hardware. The company uses only recycled or fair-trade diamonds and gemstones, is a 100 percent vegan brand, and uses socially responsible production methods.
19. OlsenhausThis clever company uses upcycled Ultrasuede made from recycled industrial waste from a television factory in Japan. As the company says, “The process takes the polyester waste from the making of the screen and creates a non-woven material that is water-resistant, crack-proof and color fast.” Genius!
20. Delikate RayneDelikate Rayne continually strives to uncover inventive, cruelty-free, and sustainable textiles and use them to create pieces that change preconceived ideas about what animal-free garments should look like. The company carefully selects and sources vegan leather that’s eco-friendly and PVC-free. It uses a sustainable PU (polyurethane), which is a much safer alternative not only for humans but also for the environment.
21. Saved Kisses ClothingSaved Kisses Clothing ensures that no animals are captured and killed, no cheap labor is purchased, and no harsh chemicals or dyes are used for its clothing. All its packaging is produced from recycled materials, its fabric mills have strict air-quality control, and all its clothing is made in the U.S.
22. Pixie MoodPixie Mood bags include an inner liner made out of recycled water bottles, helping to prevent fish and other animals from living in polluted waters.
23. Bourgeois BohemeBourgeois Boheme ensures that all its brand-exclusive styles are ethically made—using the best innovative, eco-friendly, and vegan materials—by its handpicked artisans in Portugal.
The company continually strives to minimize its environmental footprint as much as possible while maintaining the durability, quality, comfort, and style of its footwear.
24. MiomojoMiomojo’s designers continually work to improve the standard of their materials, while maintaining their commitment to remaining sustainable, cruelty-free, beautiful, and affordable. Their products are recycled, PVC-free, formaldehyde-free, cruelty-free, and 100 percent poison-free, and they use no heavy metals.
25. AritziaThis online shopping marketplace focuses on eco-conscious brands that often incorporate vegan and recycled materials into their designs.
26. Sydney BrownThis vegan shoe brand uses recycled and sustainable uppers as well as reclaimed wooden soles. It aims to create shoes with a “‘cradle to cradle’ life cycle.
27. RewilderThis brand specializes in hand-crafted purses made from salvaged materials. The purse fabrics are made from salvaged filter cloth from beer manufacturing plants, and the handles are salvaged climbing rope gathered from local gyms.
28. Stella McCartneyThis high-end luxury brand, founded by animal rights activist Stella McCartney, describes its ethos on its website: “We use as much recycled plastic as possible. All our handbags are lined with polyester that comes from recycled plastic water bottles—we have also used a Recycled Microfiber that was made from recycled plastic water bottles.”
29. GunasThe linings of Gunas purses are made from recycled polyester. The brand also incorporates upcycled upholstery fabrics, vintage materials, and recycled metals for its logo hardware.
30. Groceries ApparelYou can shop for clothes on this brand’s website by “ingredient” or style. Ingredients include eucalyptus, recycled cotton, recycled plastic, vegetable dye, hemp, and organic cotton. We love it.
31. WAMA UnderwearWAMA makes underwear from hemp for its sustainability, softness, and antibacterial nature. So far, the company estimates that it’s saved 283,277 days’ worth of drinking water and 297,560 hours of LED bulb energy.
32. Tokyo BagsTokyo Bags makes all its bags vegan with sustainable materials such as faux leather, cork, rubber, and canvas. The company uses 100% recycled paper packaging and soy-based ink to reduce its environmental impact even further.
33. The Dharma StoreThe Dharma Store is spreading the vegan lifestyle message, one graphic tee at a time. It uses water-based and eco-friendly inks for its diverse designs, and all products ship in recyclable or fully biodegradable packaging. Can you say compassionate and comfy?
34. TearojoyTearojoy makes stewardship of nature and consideration for future generations top priorities by creating vegan bags, wallets, and other accessories using sustainable upcycled or recycled materials such as cork, denim, and husks. It also makes vegan leather wallets with anti-theft RFID blocking technology
Original article posted on https://www.peta.org/living/personal-care-fashion/vegan-eco-clothing-belongs-in-your-closet/
eBay’s government relations team provided an update on the issue of online sales tax in a post on the eBay Mainstreet website on Thursday. The message: states were busy in 2019 updating and enacting sales-tax laws following the Supreme Court’s South Dakota v Wayfair decision, and states are resuming activity in 2020.
Nearly every state with sales tax had adopted a remote seller law, eBay wrote, and 39 jurisdictions (38 states plus Washington, DC) extended collection requirements to “marketplace facilitators” like eBay.
eBay said that under marketplace facilitator laws, it’s required to calculate, collect, and remit sales tax on behalf of sellers for items shipped to customers in those states.
After an “active year” in 2019, state lawmakers “picked up where they left off,” moving to adopt new laws that require out-of-state sellers without a physical presence in their state to collect and remit sales tax, it said.
eBay provided a link to a list of states for which it is currently collecting sales tax as well as states where future implementation is scheduled.
eBay also provided some recent examples of states passing new online sales-tax laws, including Colorado, Kansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee.
Florida and Missouri have not yet adopted an economic nexus law for remote sellers or marketplace facilitators, eBay said, but lawmakers in those states are working on bills that could impact its marketplace and sellers.
eBay also noted that Georgia passed a marketplace facilitator law that will take effect April 1, 2020.
“As states debate new IST laws or seek to revisit their existing requirements, eBay will continue to advocate for workable tax policies that provide reasonable small business protections and streamline collecting and remitting standards across the states to avoid confusion, mistakes, and costly penalties.” (IST stands for Internet Sales Tax)
The full announcement is available on eBayMainstreet.com.
Original article was published on ecommercebytes.com you can view it here https://www.ecommercebytes.com/2020/02/16/ebay-more-sales-tax-laws-are-coming/
Kelly Jensen Digital Collections Specialist, California Academy of Sciences, gives one of five Shift Ignite talks earlier this year at the Shift Forum. A fascinating tale of tulip-mania (but with feathers!), this five-minute Ignite talk reminds us all what happens when social behaviors rapidly change.
Kelly Jensen: Hi, I’m Kelly Jensen. I’m a digital archivist and a founding fellow of Odd Salons, a cocktail and lecture series here in San Francisco, and I’m going to tell you a little story about the glory days of state sponsored ostrich theft.
The South Africans knew that if they needed to compete, they needed an edge.
When the Titanic sank in 1912, the most valuable cargo on board was a shipment of feathers that was insured for $2.3 million in today’s money because in 1912 only diamonds were worth more by weight than feathers. And the reason for this was the hat craze. Everyone needed hats with feathers on them, and they needed to be super big and fluffy, and sometimes people would have entire birds on their hats.
The feather trade was extremely profitable, and South Africa was the ostrich farming capital of the world. Feathers were its fourth largest export behind gold and diamonds, and ostrich feathers were the most profitable because they were the most fluffy. The town of Oudtshoorn was the epicenter of this.
A group of Lithuanian Jews who were fleeing Tsarist rule had ended up in this weird town in the middle of the desert and started Ostrich farming very successfully. The town is still full of feather mansions that were built with Ostrich profits.
There was a problem, namely that the Americans had gotten into Ostrich farming as well. The South Africans knew that if they needed to compete, they needed an edge. They thought that that edge would be the legendary Barbary ostrich.
The Fluffiest of Feathers
Barbary ostrich plumes were what they called double floss, which meant that they were twice as fluffy and, therefore, twice as profitable. Some Barbary ostriches had been imported into South Africa decades before, but no one was really sure where they had come from.
They had a hot tip that the birds had come from Nigeria.
The South African government decided to fund an expedition to go and look for the Barbary ostrich and bring them back alive and breed up the stock. Who else did they get to head this expedition but agriculture professors, of course, very natural.
They had a hot tip that the birds had come from Nigeria. They send the expedition off to Nigeria and they hire about a hundred local guys to carry all of their stuff.
They set up next to a major feather trading route. There was a local tradition of plucking the ostriches bald, so that was weird. They set up next to the trading routes and they’re looking for these Barbary ostrich feathers, and they finally find some. They come from over the border in French military territory.
They go to the French and they ask if they can take some ostriches and the French say, “No.” They cable South Africa and they’re like, “Well, what do we do now? Can we liberate some ostriches?”
The thing about South Africa is it’s only been a real country for like a year at this point, and they don’t need trouble with France. They hem and haw for a couple of months and they finally cable back and they’re like, “OK, you can liberate some ostriches, but if you get caught, we never heard of you.”
The thing about the ostriches is that they’re not good sailors.
Now there’s a problem. The delay means that the Americans have found out about this expedition and now they’re following the South Africans, trying to buy the same fancy ostriches. The Americans start buying up “junk” ostrich feathers, trying to trick the Americans into getting the wrong birds.
Now they’re being chased by French officials, American spies and the Tuareg raiders that keep attacking them. They manage to acquire 156 live ostriches. Then they realize that they now have to get these very large, angry birds back across the Sahara Desert.
Ostriches in Distress
They build these pens out of sticks and, basically, frog march these ostriches like 800 miles back to Lagos, so it’s fine. Then they only have to get the birds onto the ship. The thing about the ostriches is that they’re not good sailors.
In rough seas, they can flip upside down in their pens with their legs waving in the air. If they stay like that, they can die. On the way back, everyone’s on 24-hour call, listening for the sound of upside down ostriches in distress.
The moral of the story is don’t underestimate the effect of women on capitalism.
They make it back, and it’s awesome because they did it and they’re going to be feather millionaires. Like a year or two after they get back, the entire feather industry collapses, like completely.
There’s a couple of reasons for this and one of them is the Model-T because you cannot wear this big, silly hat in an open top convertible. It really doesn’t work.
Fashions started to change. Then the second nail in the coffin of the feather industry was World War I. Not only is everyone suddenly in mourning and not inclined to wear silly hats, but women are taking jobs as nurses and ambulance drivers and postal workers, and they need practical, no nonsense clothing that lets them get their jobs done.
The moral of the story is don’t underestimate the effect of women on capitalism. As the feather boom collapsed, all it left behind it was a legacy of ridiculous photos and one very nearly forgotten story. Thank you very much.
Reprinted from NewCo Shift.
Kelly Jensen is a Digital Collections Specialist, currently on leave from the library of the California Academy of Sciences to digitize photos of the making of Star Wars: A New Hope in the image archives of Lucasfilm Ltd.
This article was originally published on FEE.org. Read the original article.
So my new friend Chris has a hauntingly awesome show that came out last year in the UK but with a new season in the works I'm eagerly awaiting the season one posting on Reality TV's website!
I will be hosting a watch party and of course YOU are hearing about it first my little trend setters.
Created by Ghost Adventures’ Zak Bagans, Help! My House Is Haunted is a fresh new ghost-hunting series that leaves no stone unturned when it comes to searching for paranormal entities. Three investigators from around the world, join forces to uncover new evidence and find solutions to more than just bumps in the night. From lonely specters to problematic Poltergeists to Dark malevolent Entities. Owners of lived in castles, restaurants, pubs, multi-use properties, and family homes have had enough and want answers. The premier series spotlights haunted locations in the UK, Wales and Scotland as Internationally known Medium and Paranormal investigator Chris Fleming (USA) and Paranormal Investigators Barri Ghai (UK) and Sandy Lakdar (France) take the art of ghost-hunting into the 21st century. These 3 tackle the hauntings from start to finish. Finding who or what is attached to these locations. Using years of expertise and highly specialized technical equipment the team sets to work to find answers to the unexplained, and free homeowners from unwelcome spirits or learn how to coexist with them.
HELP! MY HOUSE IS HAUNTED is a 12-episode long series currently airing right now on UKTV’s Really Channel until late October.
Q: Is it airing outside the UK and Northern Ireland?:
Not yet, only in the UK and Northern Ireland at this time, the hope is this series will air internationally in all markets, including the USA, France, Canada, Asia, Australia, and so on! No further information is known at this time. TBD.
Q: Where can I watch?
It is available for viewing to subscribers of Sky 155, Freeview 17, BT & TalkTalk 017.…and On demand on UKTV Play
Q: Does Zak Bagans or any of Ghost Adventures crew make an appearance on the series?
No, Zak is the brainchild and executive producer of the series. He co-produced the series with his partnership with My Entertainment (USA) and Back2Back Productions (UK).
Q: Is Chris Fleming on all the episodes?
Yes, Chris is one of the three-team investigators and appears on all 12 episodes. Barri Ghai from the UK, who has appeared on numerous paranormal shows including the recent Celebrity Ghost Hunt and Sandy Lakdar who has appeared on Ghost Adventures and her own series, The Believers which airs in France both join and complete the three-person team. This is Chris’s return to TV as a regular and his 3rd broadcast TV series. He first took his passion to TV on the series Dead Famous with Gail Porter which aired from 2004-2008 in various countries for 32 episodes and on 5 episodes of A&E’s Psychic Kids in 2009-2010. Since then he has made guest appearances on numerous programs such as Ghost Hunters, Ghost Adventures, Paranormal Challenge and other unique paranormal programs.
Q: Is this like all other paranormal shows, what makes it different?
This series is taking a different approach in documenting the investigators to not just find answers and evidence, but obtain resolution – come up with practical, spiritual and unique solutions for the homeowner while confronting the spirits or entities haunting the home or land. Any evidence or encounter is tested and either verified or debunked during the investigation, but any debunking is mostly edited out to focus on what they do find and associate with the haunting. Solutions and spirit removal is rarely seen on TV. Since programs are only 42-44 minutes in length, the walk through, research and interviews along with the 12+ hours of investigating have to be condensed down to fit the one-hour time slot with commercials. Due to time and program constraints, certain evidence, and most debunking or testing of data has been edited out to give time for the story and important findings.
Q: What is the series mainly about?
Three investigators look into sightings and encounter experienced at a haunted location to help and find answers for the owner or owners. Some owners want it removed, others just want to know what it is and come to an agreement with the ghostly occupants. The team investigates the history and confront the spirits in the home to find out what is really going on. After reviewing collaborating evidence, their own experiences during the investigation and any messages or responses from the haunting spirits, the team comes to a conclusion on who or what is haunting the home and then follows through with a solution. They present all information and any evidence to the owner the following morning after a walk through the day before and all night investigation that stretches over 12 hours at the location. The goal is to help the client and the spirits attached to the property.
Q: Do any of the crew members have experiences?
Most of the crew experienced the unexplained during production,, encounters occurred during the all-night investigation and general filming of footage at the location. Some members, for the first time in their lives. Some of these encounters were captured on camera and may appear in the show. The series goal is to keep it organic and share what happens when it happens, for all involved. Cast and crew alike.
Q: How long is the season running?
Help! My House is Haunted launched on Really channel in the UK on Friday, July 13th, 2018 on Fright Night, and runs until Mid to late October of 2018 with 12 hour long episodes.
Q: Where can I find out more about the show?
You can follow on social media via Really Channel on twitter and on Really Channels website.
As well as through the social media of the investigators on the series:
Chris Fleming twitter
Chris Fleming Facebook Public Page
Barri Ghai Twitter
Barri Ghai Facebook page
Sandy Lakdar Twitter
Sandy Lakdar Facebook
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Fall 2019 marks the 30th birthday of DKNY and its innovative, genre-defining approach to style — a revolution at its founding and a force three decades in. Yet rather than look to the past, the brand’s seasonal campaign is rooted in the here and now, featuring powerful, graphic portraits of native New Yorkers Halsey and The Martinez Brothers, photographed by Amy Troost and styled by Carlos Nazario.
Having long since accomplished its mission of providing progressive yet pragmatic wardrobe staples for DKNY fans and their multi-faceted lives, the brand presents its fall 2019 campaign as a series of quintessential New York stories from respected and influential cultural figures. Self-made and self-assured, Halsey and The Martinez Brothers radiate their cool confidence, irreverent style, and pure talent in each image captured. Together, they embody the creativity that drives young people to the city — a place in which, even today, impossible dreams can be realized.
In the campaign, Halsey and The Martinez Brothers sport the most directional pieces from the DKNY fall 2019 collection: checked suiting, raw denim and leopard-print athleisure for her; fresh tailoring, classic outerwear and easy essentials for him. With a stark black-and-white aesthetic accented by a bold red logo, the imagery references DKNY’s innovative heritage campaigns of the 1990s.
“DKNY is the spirit of New York. It’s diversity and drive. It’s hard work and a pinch of destiny. They say if a bee strays too far from its hive, it will die. DKNY keeps my home in my heart, and the magic in my mind. It’s an honor to be a part of their 30th birthday.” Halsey’s punk sense of beauty and casual outspokenness have established her as a fearless voice of a generation, while the recent Billboard number-one single “Without Me” has confirmed her a global powerhouse. She is the epitome of grace under fire commanding the untamed forces of the city and paving a path for positive change, granting Halsey her New York stripes.
From the Bronx to Parisian runways to exotic islands, The Martinez Brothers have converted their high-fashion credibility into global DJ superstardom, now producing original music of their own and serving as regulars on the roster at many of the world’s most acclaimed nightclubs. “We were born and raised in the Bronx. We are blessed to have found our passion through music. It’s taken us to the far corners of the world, and along the way we have met so many people and have had the craziest adventures. At the end of it all though, New York is our home. It made us who we are and is with us always, wherever we may be. You can hear it in the music we play and how we talk, and see it in the way we dress. That’s why this partnership with DKNY is so natural and makes perfect sense for us. Excited to be a part of their family and continue to tell this New York story.”
During New York Fashion Week this September, DKNY will host a blockbuster 30th birthday party with a DJ set by The Martinez Brothers and a performance by Halsey.
Is jewelry causing that skin rash?
It’s the end of the day. You take off your go-to pair of earrings that you wear all the time and notice your ear lobes are covered with itchy red bumps. That rash may be the sign of a nickel allergy.
Allergies are the 6th leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S. and more than 50 million Americans experience various types of allergies each year. Nickel isn’t one of the more common allergens. Here are answers to five common questions about nickel allergy:
What is nickel allergy?
Nickel is found in costume jewelry, watchbands, belts and eyeglass frames. Nickel allergy is different from your typical environmental, animal or food allergy. With those allergies, people usually experience an immediate reaction. If it’s environmental, you usually get sinus symptoms such as itchy eyes, runny nose and congestion. With animal allergy, you have the same sinus symptoms and may have difficulty breathing and hives. Food allergy symptoms include hives, swelling, shortness of breath, chest tightness or vomiting shortly after the exposure.
With nickel allergy, it takes a while for the immune cells to become sensitized. It could be months or years before you develop the contact dermatitis the allergy causes. The itchy red and sometimes blistering rash develops over time and it can take a long time to go away if left untreated.
What causes nickel allergy?
The cause of nickel allergy is unknown and there aren’t any risk factors for nickel allergy, unlike with the typical environmental, animal or food allergies. If you have a strong family history of environmental, animal or food allergies, you have a higher risk of developing an allergy. With allergies that cause contact dermatitis, it’s really hard to predict who will get it and when. There are people who may have used a product or been exposed to something their entire lives and, all of sudden, they start reacting to it because their immune cells have become overstimulated.
How is nickel allergy diagnosed and treated?
When I see a patient who thinks they have a nickel allergy, I take a good clinical history based on the location of the rash. I may also recommend patch testing. Patch testing is a little different from our typical allergy testing, where we’re doing a scratch test to look for immediate allergens. Patch testing involves taping allergen chambers to the back and leaving them on for 48 hours. One to two days after the patch is removed, the area of the back is examined and graded by a doctor. Sometimes people have a little redness all the way up to full on blisters. Then we know what degree of allergy they have.
How is nickel allergy treated?
Nickel allergy is usually treated with a topical steroid. You might be able to get away with an over-the-counter ointment but, if it’s a little more extensive, I’ll prescribe a prescription-strength topical steroid cream or ointment. If it’s really severe, you may need oral steroids to get the reaction to calm down.
How do you prevent nickel allergy rashes?
We really focus on prevention to keep nickel allergy rashes at bay. Wear gold, platinum, stainless steel or nickel-free jewelry. Silver jewelry is often a mixture of metals, so you need to make sure the silver doesn’t contain nickel. Use cloth, leather or plastic watchbands. If you have issues with belt buckles, wear an undershirt that tucks into your pants or skirt so there’s nothing rubbing against your skin. People have tried painting the item with clear nail polish, but there’s no scientific evidence it works. Usually, we just try to eliminate nickel or put a barrier between the skin and the allergen.
Princess Ogbogu is director of Allergy and Immunology at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.