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Inside the Country Life of Model Turned Organic Farmer Kirsten Owen

KIRSTEN OWEN’S conversion from high-fashion model to organic blueberry farmer had everything from blind luck to sheer happenstance behind it. “I had a fantasy about having a blueberry farm after I moved here, in 2002,” she says of her 56-acre patch of land in northern Vermont, from which she speaks via landline. “And then some land right next to me, which already had 250 young blueberry plants, came up for sale. I couldn’t resist.”

Billie Rose (left) layers a shearling Isabel Marant Etoile sleeveless jacket ($2,490; isabelmarant​.com) over a dusty-floral Officine Générale dress ($730; officinegenerale.com). Kirsten Owen (right) warms up with a quilted Weekend Max Mara coat ($1,075; weekendmaxmara​.com).Photographed by Alex Webb, Vogue, October 2020

This sylvan setup, a mere hour or so south of Canada, where she was born and raised, is a far cry from the life Owen led in her 20s and 30s, crisscrossing the

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fashion

June Ambrose on Hip-Hop, High Fashion, and Her New Puma Partnership

June Ambrose’s impact on fashion is undeniable: the dominance of streetwear, the influx of hip-hop performers in high fashion campaigns, and sneaker culture can all be traced back to the template that Ambrose created in the 1990s. As the stylist for high profile artists like Jay-Z, Missy Elliott, and Diddy, she connected music with the world of European luxury, dressing her clients in looks that remain iconic to this day. Missy floating through the “The Rain” video in a glossy patent leather, Diddy walking through a halo of lights in his shiny suit in “Mo Money, Mo Problems,” and Jay-Z’s bevy of supermodels putting on an impromptu show during “Change Clothes”—the list goes on. The imagery would change the relationship between fashion’s old guard and rap’s power players, and go on to influence a generation of designers who grew up immersed in MTV. 

Twenty-five years on and Ambrose remains powerful,

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beauty

Chicago-based Vital Proteins plans big international expansion as beauty-seekers clamor for collagen

When Kurt Seidensticker launched Vital Proteins, a brand of collagen products, he was a runner in his late forties seeking a cure for achy knees.



a group of people sitting at a table: Elidia Funes, a filler operator, tops off a canister of product Oct. 1, 2020, at the Vital Proteins plant in Franklin Park. Vital Proteins plans to expand its product line and enter a dozen international markets by the end of next year.


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Elidia Funes, a filler operator, tops off a canister of product Oct. 1, 2020, at the Vital Proteins plant in Franklin Park. Vital Proteins plans to expand its product line and enter a dozen international markets by the end of next year.

Seven years later, Chicago-based Vital Proteins has become a powerhouse wellness brand, expecting to pull in more than $250 million in revenue this year as it embarks on a robust international expansion amid a collagen boom driven by the quest for glowing hair and skin.

Vital Proteins, headquartered in Chicago’s Fulton Market District with a manufacturing facility in suburban Franklin Park, in June agreed to sell a majority stake in the company to Nestle Health Science,

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Trump defeats COVID commemorative coins go on sale at gift shop

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A group of Trump supporters have gathered outside Walter Reed National Military Medical Center with signs, flags and balloons.

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Coins commemorating President Trump surviving COVID-19 are already available for pre-order at an online gift shop.

The $100 “Trump defeats COVID” coins are for sale on the website of The White House Gift Shop, which is not affiliated with the White House.

The coin is part of a series designed by Anthony Giannini, who is also chairman of the White House Gift Shop. He described the COVID-19 coin as the last coin in the series illustrating “President Trump’s ascendance over and defeat of the deadly COVID pandemic virus.”

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“When we heard the sad news of President Trump’s positive COVID test,

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beauty

The 6 Best New Beauty Tools and Facial Devices | W Magazine

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The current, predominant trend in the beauty world isn’t a prized ingredient or treatment. Instead, there has been an onslaught of facial devices, tools, and gadgets on the market of late. Companies are finally giving consumers more of what they’ve always craved: access to professional-grade products. There isn’t a skin guru in town who doesn’t have a tool they swear by—and in terms of skincare, every beauty junkie knows the “face device after serum” step is gospel to an evening skin routine.

But like most trends that will eventually turn into beauty mainstays, there’s the inevitable game of deciphering quality from the duds. (My social media feed is rampant with face tool ads that appear misleading; testimonials run amok from relatively unknown people in their early 20s lauded as experts, assuring the public they know all about cell turnover and smooth skin.) There’s also a handful of devices that have

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wedding

Greenville man shot, killed in Columbia, SC near Five Points

The Richland County Coroner’s Office has identified the man whose body was found near Five Points early Sunday morning.

Wesley Colin Brown was shot and killed, Coroner Gary Watts said in a news release shared by the Columbia Police Department Monday.

The search for the gunman continues.

Brown, a 26-year-old from Greenville, was in Columbia to attend a wedding, according to the release. He was not with any members of the wedding party or other guests when he was shot, police said.

His body was found in the 1700 block of Senate Street by two people on a morning walk, according to the release. That’s close to the intersection with Henderson Street, and in the shadow of the Heritage Condos complex, near the Five Points area.

The called 911 about 8 a.m., and Brown was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

An autopsy showed Brown died from complications of

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Amazon’s newest gift guide features lots of car-related toys

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Amazon Prime Day 2020 is still several days away (October 13th and 14th) so the best deals are yet to come but in preparation for the two-day main event the e-tailer has launched gift guides to pique our interest – the Home Holiday Guide, Holiday Electronics Gift Guide, Holiday Toys List, Fashion Gift Guide, and Beauty Gift Guide. We searched all of Amazon’s gift guides (spoiler alert – we didn’t find anything auto-related in the beauty guide so we’ll just defer to the experts for that one) to curate an automotive-themed list of our favorite gift ideas and some of the best pre-Prime Day deals. 

Within Amazon’s Holiday Toy list you can search for gift ideas by age group or you can shop by

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This limited-edition Made In bread knife is at the top of our holiday shopping lists

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Made In — one of our favorite direct-to-consumer cookware brands — is heading into new territory. On Monday, the cookware company launched its first ever limited-edition bread knife, designed in partnership with famed chef and baker Nancy Silverton. This union should come as no surprise. Silverton has helped popularize sourdough and artisan breads throughout the US, specifically through her popular LA-based eateries Osteria (and Pizzeria) Mozza and La Brea Bakery. Her baking expertise has lent itself well to designing a knife that actually saws through even the crustiest of breads. 

Now let’s get into the details. The knife boasts an 8-inch blade, complete with a serrated edge and a rockwell hardness score of 58 — apparently the sweet spot for a knife that’s not brittle, but also won’t easily bend when you’re chopping and cutting. The handle is made from bone Micarta — giving you enough grip

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Watch: Lost wedding ring found after two years at Vermont reservoir

Oct. 5 (UPI) — A New Jersey man was reunited with his wedding ring two years after he lost it during a day at a reservoir in Vermont.

Lou Rider said he and his family drove from New Jersey to the Waterbury Reservoir for a Labor Day weekend family reunion in 2018, and he didn’t discover until he was in the car to drive home that his wedding ring was missing from his finger.

“We were from one end of the reservoir to the other. We were in and out of the boats, hiking through, jumping with the rocks and everything, so we were everywhere,” Rider told WVNY/WFFF.

The ring was thought to be lost forever, until Lorraine Tallcott, Rider’s aunt, was reading an online forum for residents of her area in Vermont. and saw a post that a man’s wedding ring had been found at Waterbury Reservoir.

Tallcott discovered

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women

Women should be at the center of Afghan peace talks

With Afghan peace talks underway, those seeking to undermine the process are targeting Afghan women in hopes of derailing it. The US embassy in Afghanistan warned last month that extremist organizations are planning attacks that take direct aim at women, including teachers, government workers, and human-rights activists. The threats underscore how central Afghan women’s rights are to the success of the Afghan peace process and to the country’s future.



a group of people posing for the camera: Afghan women wait in line to vote at a polling centre for the country's legislative election in Herat province on October 20, 2018. - Afghans are bracing for more deadly violence on October 20 as voting gets under way in the long-delayed legislative election that the Taliban has vowed to attack. (Photo by HOSHANG HASHIMI / AFP)


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Afghan women wait in line to vote at a polling centre for the country’s legislative election in Herat province on October 20, 2018. – Afghans are bracing for more deadly violence on October 20 as voting gets under way in the long-delayed legislative election that the Taliban has vowed to attack. (Photo by HOSHANG HASHIMI / AFP)

The Afghan government and the Taliban are currently meeting for the first time since a United States-Taliban deal in February

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