Germaphobe? Here Are 3 Ways to Stay Healthy While Traveling

Now that spring is finally in full swing and warmer weather is fast approaching, countless people are itching to book vacation plans before all the best deals are gobbled up. After all, an estimated 96% of American workers claim that vacation time is important to them.

But if you’re one of the many people planning a trip this year, it’s essential that you take care of your health while traveling.

While you’re putting the finishing touches on your vacation itinerary, it can be easy to forget basic sanitary needs and health goals during your trip. Even if you pack a travel-sized hand sanitizer, you never know what potentially hazardous health issues could arise during your travels. We’re going to show you a few ways to stay healthy while traveling.

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In fact, one recent Delta Airlines passenger was put in this exact predicament. As Matthew Meehan identified his seat, he was shocked to find that the floor and seat were covered in animal excrement.

An ill service dog was the culprit, but passengers were allowed to board the plane before cleaning crews arrived. When Meehan asked for support from the airline staff, he was simply offered two paper towels and a small bottle of Bombay Sapphire.

“She said to me, ‘Well, that’s not my problem.’ I said, ‘I’m sorry?’ She says, ‘Well, if the cleaning crew didn’t clean your seat, I don’t have any control over that,'” Meehan claimed.

“I have never in my entire life felt more dehumanized. I felt like an animal. Words can’t even describe how awful it was, and they had so many opportunities to make it right.”

Affected passengers were offered a refund, but an investigation was launched following the incident.

The nasty little number brings us to our first point on the list…

Bring a seat cover

Airline seats aren’t the most cleanly of chairs, especially when you’re traveling on them for extended periods of time. In fact, aisle seats are among the dirtiest seats of all, according to a 2008 investigation whether they’re covered in dog poop or not.

During this study, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that passengers resting in aisle seats are more likely to contract a virus from other passengers. They think this is likely due to the fact that people rest their hands on aisle chairs for support and balance as they pass by, exposing the seat to more germs. Whether you’re flying in an aisle seat or otherwise, however, a seat liner is one way to stop germs from dog poop in its tracks. While that’s certainly on the more extreme end of the spectrum, the point remains. Whether germs or other microbial nastiness, tightly woven fabrics are essential in repelling dirt and stains, acting as a barrier between you.

Don’t forget to take care of your skin

Between sun damage, insect bites, and the dry air of an airplane, your skin can take a beating. It’s vital that you drink the proper amount of water during your trip in order to promote skin health and elasticity. However, you need to make sure that it’s filtered so you aren’t exposed to any local pathogens or parasites.

You should also use a strong sunblock with a high SPF whenever you venture outdoors. It’s known that an estimated 120,000 terawatts of solar energy hit the earth every day, some of which can cause serious damage to your skin. This is doubly important for people who wear makeup. A simple layer of sunscreen can prevent your face from looking like a tomato at the end of the day. If you’re sweating a lot or swimming during your vacation, you should try to reapply sunscreen every couple of hours.

For those bountiful bugs, don’t hesitate to buy a strong insect repellent. A nasty bite or itchy bump is the last thing you want to worry about on your vacation.

If you happen to suffer any serious skin damage during your trip, keep in mind that there are over 7,000 urgent care facilities throughout the United States. Even if it seems like going to the doctor can put a damper on your vacation fun, taking care of your health is the most important thing you can do.

Avoid social media

Though we’ve talked about physical health, mental health is just as important (if not more). One of the major reasons people travel in the first place is to unwind, relax, and eliminate high levels of stress associated with their day-to-day lives.

If you’re one of the many people hoping to relax on their vacation, try to limit your social media use. A digital detox is good for your brain and it allows you to enjoy being in the moment during your travels. Leave the phone in your hotel room and try basking in the experiences a new place has to offer.

Taking care of your health is vital when you go on vacation. The next time you’re planning for the trip of a lifetime, don’t forget these simple ways to stay healthy while traveling, and have fun.

Micro-Concealing Must: Veil Cosmetics Complexion Fix Concealer

Nowadays, it is imperative to save money wherever you can, so products that multitask are a godsend. Your moisturizer should do more than just moisturize; your cleanser should do more than just cleanse, and your concealer should definitely do more than just conceal. Thankfully, there is a multi-usage concealer that corrects, conceals, and brightens your skin, Veil Cosmetics Complexion Fix Concealer.

The Veil Cosmetics Complexion Fix correcting concealer and highlighter fuses skincare with color science. This all over face pen evens out and brightens the skin instantly and over time, while weightlessly veiling areas of concern with amazing buildable coverage and light-infused pigments. You will love the instantly brightened, hydrated, and soothed skin. Other benefits include superior, an HD quality finish, and it lets your skin breath. Plus, it is also oil-free and water-based, which helps to improve your skin’s natural properties.

The Veil Cosmetics Complexion Fix is available in 30 shades in five color groups – light, medium, porcelain, tan, and deep. Each color group comes in three undertones – pink, neutral, and gold. Since we have more of an orange undertone, the 5N was perfect as it has undertones of pink and gold. The Gold correctors are perfect for sallow/olive/yellow undertone complexions and purple/brown dark circles. Pink correctors are perfect for redness/sensitive prone skin and pinkie/blue dark circles.

“Complexion Fix is the original micro-concealer star,” said Sébastien Tardif, Co-founder, and CEO of Veil Cosmetics. “I launched Veil Cosmetics in 2012 with Complexion Fix, using it as a micro-concealer to reveal great skin. The resulting fresh glow is why I called the brand Veil. It’s all about our superior texture that makes micro-concealing with Complexion Fix so effective.”

So say goodbye to dark circles, and hello to a smoother skin surface, and an instant brightening effect. We’ve been using it for a week now and this micro-concealer has wonderfully covered all our late night sins. We look forward to the other benefits we’ll experience, the longer we use it. You’ll be happy to know that Veil Cosmetics products are not only great, but they are also vegan and cruelty-free. For additional information, visit www.veilcosmetics.com.

Exiled Menu: Havana Club Rum La Yuma Cocktail

Everyone loves and wants in on exclusive experiences; an inside view of elusive things not available to everyone. If we’re being honest with ourselves, we relish in having access to secret things; the off-menu items, hidden locations, and secret cocktails. We were lucky enough to enjoy one of these experiences, which we’re about to reveal, thanks to Havana Club Rum. Havana Club partnered with a local New York cocktail bar to offer a secret, exiled menu. This menu unveiled a brand-new cocktail, only accessible with a code phrase. This exclusive cocktail, the Havana Club Rum La Yuma cocktail, was only available for a limited time with the location and code revealed under the label.

Although aged in exile in Puerto Rican, it is a Cuban-born rum, holding true to its rich Cuban culture. As we enter the warmer seasons, we can’t help but think of getaways to tropical paradises, sunshine, summer cocktails, and carefree days. Although we enjoyed this Havana Club Rum La Yuma cocktail during a cold month, its refreshing taste and cooling ingredients are perfect for the summer. Lucky for you, the real Havana Club is available (not to be confused with the other) is available in bars and retailers nationwide and on www.drizly.com. Want to create this delicious rum cocktail for yourself at home, we reveal the recipe below.

Havana Club Rum La Yuma

2 parts Havana Club Añejo Blanco Rum
1 part Lime
1 part Cucumber Honeydew Cordial
Prosecco

The smooth and velvety finish of the rum gets a fresh taste and a dash of sour thanks to the cucumber honeydew cordial and lime. The Prosecco has a touch of effervescence to make this a truly refreshing cocktail. Trust us when we say, you’ll definitely enjoy sipping on this perfect summer rum cocktail. As one of the best-selling rum brands in the world, Havana Club rum is a must-have at your home bar.

Time To Glow Up: Sol de Janeiro GlowMotions Glow Oils

We know Summer is months away but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy sensual, glowing summer skin now. You don’t have to wait for the warm summer months to show off sun-kissed skin. You don’t have to go away to somewhere tropical either. With the new range of Sol de Janeiro GlowMotions Glow Oils, your skin can look summer-ready, right now. In Brazil, glowing skin is a year-round obsession, and Sol de Janeiro wants you to join in on this infatuation now. These oils come in an easy-glowing pump for perfect, no-mess application. You’re left with deliciously scented glowing skin, every day!

The skin-softening and hydrating glow oils, were originally available Copacabana Bronze (a warm bronze tint) and Rio Sunset (a translucent champagne shimmer); now they are also available in three special edition Summer 2019 shades: Samba Sway, Goldie Rocks and Master Flash! The best part? These limited edition shades smell incredibly delicious and you can mix them all for even more glow shades and effects.

There are many things o love about the Sol de Janeiro GlowMotions Glow Oils. It’s hydrating and leaves your skin feeling soft to touch. It’s non-sticky, super blendable, and transfer-resistant (your clothing is safe). The five unique shades is complimentary to a range of skin-tones and glow moods and it boasts the Brazilian Beauty Blend of Cupuaçu Butter, Açaí Oil, and Coconut Oil. We are obsessed with the Samba Sway, it smells heavenly, and gives our orange undertone a lovely rose gold-ish shimmer. Get to know the three limited edition summer shades below:

Samba Sway (Natural Sun-kissed Glow) – A natural for all skin tones, this luscious, illuminating light creates a soft, sun-kissed glow. No one will be able to resist this irresistible glow. It evens out skin tones and red undertones, too.

Goldie Rocks (Pop Icon Golden Glow) – A rock starry light shimmer that transforms into pop icon glow that’s amazing on all. Flecked with scintillating light for a golden-luscious sheen and skin-lit effect.

Master Flash (Hip Hot Kaleidoscope Glow) – This hip hot illuminator spins a see-and-be-scene glow with strobes of light and flashes of color for high-volume funk.

Get all five shades for $35.00 each on www.soldejaneiro.com.

 

 

Game Night: Tuesdays Are Backgammon Night At The Playboy Club NYC

For many, having bragging rights of attending exclusive events and places is the stuff of legends. We all want to wow friends, family, and strangers with our own inside tales of things and places not accessible to us mere mortals. One of those places is the Playboy Mansion, many have dreamed of getting access to what’s behind those famous doors. While the mansion may not be available to you, the Playboy Club NY is and it promises continuous nights of fun. We had the pleasure of attending one such night – Backgammon night.

There are many things we’ll never know about Hugh Hefner. We do know he was an iconic figure. We know he was groundbreaking, and we know he changed men’s lives forever. But we also found out one more thing, Hugh Hefner was a passionate Backgammon aficionado. Not only did he play the game, but he also held numerous backgammon parties at the Playboy Mansion during the 1960s and 1970s. His son, Cooper Hefner honors that tradition with the time-honored tradition of Backgammon night at his new Playboy Club NYC.

Tuesday nights are Backgammon nights. Members (you can join for exclusive experiences) and attendees can relax in the Lounge where Backgammon games are set up. You can either play and enjoy specialty cocktails and light bites or not play at all. If trying your hand at one of the oldest known board games is not your strong suit, you can head over to the restaurant to enjoy the Playboy Club NYC’s weekly Jazz Dinner Party, with music curated by the Diego Campo Quartet.

We had a wonderful time getting to know the Playboy Club NYC cocktails. Some of these cocktails, created by Mixologist Fred Dex, included A Bunny Thing, Hefe, Honey Ryder, and Decadence; as well as enjoyed Crispy Shrimp with spicy yuzu & cilantro, and Truffle Fries with white truffle & chives.

The Playboy Club NYC Appetizers

As previously mentioned, you can become a private member of the Playboy Club NYC. Your membership allows customized and curated experiences, as well as exclusive access and VIP Treatment synonymous with Playboy. The Playboy Club membership is organized in four membership tiers. It includes access to private areas of the Club, luxury concierge services, invitations to Members-only events, and access to worldwide events.

Mondays are also a great night at the Playboy Club NYC; every Monday is Playboy Live, where New York’s rising Broadway stars and vocalists perform the songs that inspire them on stage. For those looking to indulge, the Playboy Club NYC is located at 512 West 42nd Street.

Your Guide to the Best Digital Marketing Trends

The landscape of digital marketing continues to evolve along with the changes happening in the search engines. Old techniques are getting outdated and leaders in the field are constantly suggesting new techniques. The important thing is that marketers need to keep up with these changes if they want to continue to maintain a top position in the search result.

Video Marketing
Video has become the main means for people to get the message across to people on the internet. Many purchase decisions happen over the video so you shouldn’t miss out video marketing in your campaign. YouTube is the leading video marketing platform so it should be the first place where you go to set up your channel. There are also other social media platforms like Twitter and Instagram that allow users to use video in their posts. To optimize for SEO, you should add text overlay and captions that include keywords on your video. Get more details at www.movavi.com/videoconverter.

Live Streaming
Live streaming is frequently implemented with influencer marketing. People like to watch live streaming because it looks as if they are really seeing the presenter talking on the stage in real time. It gives a more genuine experience which turn into higher trust for your products. Hiring an influencer with a spontaneous personality to promote your product through live streaming is sure to generate a large stream of audience.

Influencer Marketing
Influencer marketing refers to using influencers in the field to spread the word of your product. When your company is new, it is hard to get sales because people not yet know about your product. Instead, just take a shortcut and pay an influencer in the field to review and recommend your product. The influencer marketer can be a top YouTube vlogger, popular blogger, or famous journalist.

Content Marketing
Content marketing remains one of the most important part of digital marketing. People surf online to search for valuable information so you need to make your content useful if you want to get conversions. If you run a blog, make sure you regularly update it with new content. Businesses that have social media accounts should regularly make quality posts that give what the customer is looking for. No matter what content you post, it is important that it is relevant to the audience age and industry.

Voice Search
Many people now like to perform voice search with applications like Siri and Google Assistance. The voice search application will read the featured snippets on the search engine result, which makes all the more important for webmasters to optimize for featured snippets. Marketers need to consider that voice search is conversational request and optimize it accordingly.

Chatbots and WhatsApp
The use of chat bot is on the rise in e-commerce site. When a visitor lands on a website, a chat bot will automatically ask the user if it needs assistance. If the visitor choose yes, it will automatically be connected to a representative. Many businesses also like to use WhatsApp Business Messaging to communicate with the customers. In fact, many businesses like to use WhatsApp for their daily chores.

 

 

The Best Interior Design And Decorating Trends To Revamp Your Space

Whether your design and decorating choices are big or small, they can immediately communicate your style to anyone who enters your home. They can also bring you a sense of joy whenever you look around you and see the beautiful pieces you picked out. Revamping your space can even have health benefits. One-third of homeowners say that they change to a healthier lifestyle after remodeling their kitchen, according to Houzz.

Now is the perfect time to give your space a makeover and start feeling those benefits. It doesn’t matter if you rent an apartment or own a house, you have options for how you want to express yourself in your home. Let’s take a look at some of the top design and decorating trends of this upcoming year to get inspiration and ideas for your home.

A new kind of subway tile

For a number of years now, white subway tile has ruled the kitchen backsplash market. This style gets its name from the subway tiles that were first used during the early 1900s in New York City subway stations. These tiles became the standard subway decoration because of their easy-to-clean and durable surface that reflected light well. They also became common for kitchens because of similar reasons, but now designers are putting a spin on them.

This year’s trendy backsplashes are still utilizing the fresh white color of subway tiles, but the individual tiles are larger than the standard three by six inches of past tiles. The larger tiles also minimize the amount of grout that shows. Designers are arranging them in herringbone, chevron, or stacked patterns, rather than in the offset brick pattern of years past. Some people are even ditching the rectangular tiles completely and opting for circles and curved lines instead.

Going green

For once we’re not talking about eco-friendly living (although incorporating environmental options remains a popular trend), but rich and vibrant green hues that bring nature inside. Interior designers have seen earthy green tones on the rise in homes as people want to create a paradise that allows them to escape technology and the stress of the outside world.

The best part of these decorating trends is that you don’t have to make permanent changes your landlord wouldn’t appreciate in order to incorporate green into your home. Pick out green throw pillows and blankets to accent your living room, or go bold with an armchair or sectional entirely upholstered in green. If you can make lasting changes to your home, consider incorporating sea glass into a kitchen or bathroom countertop. Subtle shades of green, blue, and aqua are typically found in every 50 to 100 pieces of sea glass and can make a plain space feel like a relaxing oasis.

Multifunctional furnishings

As more people move into smaller apartments and homes made for city-living, decor is also becoming more compact and multifunctional. Anyone who has lived in a more modest space knows the challenge of making a living room double as a guest room or finding storage space when it seems impossible.

Luckily, the furniture to solve these problems can be both stylish and functional. Designers have created storage options that fit neatly into existing furniture pieces, like under-bed drawers. Couches that transform into beds no longer look like the clunky messes that your parents had, but like a completely normal sofa that fits seamlessly into a living room. If you’re working with a small space, be sure to look for pieces like these that can do double duty while adding to the aesthetic of your space.

Now that you’ve got some inspiration from what’s trending right now, it’s time to go forth and give your home a facelift with these decorating trends. It’s probably in need of one, as about 85% of all homes in the country were built before 1980. While you’re remodeling, remember to have fun and pick out designs that speak to you. When all’s said and done, you should have a space that wipes away the stresses of the day and brings you absolute joy.

Another College Athletics Scandal: This Time, It’s Not About the Athletes

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) loves this time of year. College basketball tournaments are going on all over the country, football programs are gearing up for the upcoming season; and the money is pouring in. It’s estimated that the entire North American sports industry will be worth upwards of $74 million by 2020. The NCAA brings in more than $1 billion a year in revenue.

Because this organization is so profitable, there has been a push to better compensate student-athletes. Seemingly every year there are scandals involving athletes being illegally paid — especially when it comes to recruitment. The story that’s currently circulating the news, however, is a little bit different. Money is still exchanging hands and athletics are still involved, but it’s not the top athletes that are typically at the center of these college scandals. In fact, the students that are involved in this recent admissions controversy are barely athletes at all.

Graduates of the University

According to ESPN, federal prosecutors have indicted nine college coaches and dozens of other school administrators and officials for their involvement in an alleged bribery scheme that helped famous and wealthy parents — including Aunt Becky from Full House (Lori Loughlin) — secure their children admission into some of the country’s most prestigious universities.

“I don’t know how much of school I’m going to attend,” said Olivia Jade Giannulli, Loughlin’s 19-year-old daughter and USC student. “But I do want the experience of, like, game days, partying… I don’t really care about school.”

Jade, an online influencer, went on about her excitement for college parties on her YouTube channel last summer. Now, since her mother is at the center of this bribery scandal that involves creating fake athletic profiles, she’s taking some serious criticism. Unlike someone like Patti McGee, the first woman to become a professional skateboarder back in 1964, Loughlin’s daughter has no history in athletics.

College parties are one thing and twentysomethings love letting loose and playing all sorts of fun games during these outings. But at upscale cocktail parties, where two to three glasses a person are typically consumed, there are often shady, backdoor deals being done in order to get children into the nation’s top schools.

According to U.S. Attorney Andrew E. Lelling, what’s next for the students involved in this scandal is still to be determined.

“As to charges against them, we’re still considering that. It’s not an accident that there are no students charged in these charging documents,” Lelling said. “The parents, the other defendants, are clearly the prime movers of this fraud. It remains to be seen whether we charge any of the students.”

Jade and similar people looking for more of a party-like college experience should check out some of the following schools, though it’s still imperative to get in fairly. For what it’s worth, though these are still quality educational facilities, here are some of the top party schools in the United States:

  1. Tulane University
  2. University of Georgia
  3. West Virginia University
  4. University of Wisconsin
  5. Howard University
  6. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  7. Indiana University — Bloomington
  8. The University of Alabama
  9. Florida State University
  10. University of Texas — Austin
  11. University of Iowa
  12. Southern Methodist University
  13. University of California — Santa Barbara
  14. Miami University
  15. Penn State
  16. Ohio University
  17. University of Mississippi
  18. University of Southern California
  19. Syracuse University
  20. University of Kansas

The following schools are involved in the new bribery case: USC, Texas, Georgetown, UCLA, Stanford, Wake Forest, San Diego, and Yale.