Wake Up Your Sleepy Space With These Home Refresh Ideas: Style + Life + Fashion Featured

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Whether you’ve outgrown your current decor or your new space doesn’t feel quite like home, it might be time for a refresh. And while there’s no doubt that expanding your art collection or adding new house plants can be a breath of fresh air for your home, it can be difficult to know where to begin.

Maybe you've outgrown your current decor, or you’ve just moved into a new house or apartment and it doesn’t feel quite like home yet. Either way, it might be time to refresh your space.
Wake Up Your Sleepy Space With These Home Refresh Ideas

That’s why Redfin reached out to us and other experts from Vancouver, BC all the way to Boston, for our best advice on making your home feel refreshed and elevated. So if you need a little extra guidance or you’re just looking for interior design inspiration, check out our best recommendations for refreshing your home.

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Rapper Ye, Formerly Known As Kanye West Interview with ABC News Live

In case you missed it, this morning on “Good Morning America,” a portion of ABC News Live Prime Anchor Linsey Davis’ interview with Ye aired. In the clip, Ye discussed his social media use, co-parenting and more.

Watch more on ABC News Live tonight at 7 p.m. ET and tonight on “Nightline.””A Conversation with Ye: Linsey Davis Reporting,” a half-hour special on ABC News Live, airs at 8:30 p.m. ET and streams later on Hulu.

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Ye opens up in ABC News exclusive interview

By Mark Guarino, Katie Conway

Ye said he has “new respect” for ex-wife Kim Kardashian and felt sorrow for causing stress in the relationship since Kardashian filed for divorce in February 2021.

“This is the mother of my children, and I apologize for any stress that I have caused, even in my frustration, because God calls me to be stronger,” Ye, the recording artist and entrepreneur formerly known as Kanye West, said in an exclusive morning interview that aired Thursday on “Good Morning America.” “I need this person to be less stressed and of the best, sound mind and as calm as possible to be able to raise those children at the end of the day.”

In a wide-ranging interview that covered Donda Academy, a school he started in California, to his plans to once again run for president, Ye repeatedly circled back to the responsibility that he has as a celebrity and his insistence that he have a say in the future of the four children he fathered with the global social media and reality TV star.

“As a dad and as a Christian. And I have a right to have a voice on what my kids are wearing, what they’re watching, what they’re eating,” he said. “I have a platform where I get to say what so many dads can’t say out loud.”

Ye said he “absolutely” wants his children to attend Donda Academy, “a gospel school” he created named after Donda West, his late mother who chaired the Department of English, Communications, Media Arts and Theatre at Chicago State University on Chicago’s South Side. She died in 2007.

“I’m their dad. It has to be co-parenting. It’s not up to only the woman. Like, men have a choice also. Men’s voices matter,” he said.

The private school, which Ye said was originally named the Yeezy Christian Academy, is located in Simi Valley, California. According to the school’s website, the academy’s mission is to help students “learn fundamentals, grow in their faith, and experience two enrichment classes.”

Ye said the school gives “kids practical tools that they need in a world post the iPhone being created.” He said the school is in its third year and has an enrollment of 82 students.

“So many schools are made to set kids up for industries that don’t even matter anymore,” he said, pointing out that the focus areas of the school is “on practical skills” such as engineering, computer programming and farming. He added that the school has tutors who focus on specific areas and could “actually turn your kids into, like, geniuses.”

“And if your kids are geniuses … they’re three grade levels ahead,” he added.

Ye told ABC News he hired a female basketball coach to help improve the skills of North, his 9-year-old daughter. He also helps coach North “every morning,” he said. The effort, Ye added, showed dramatic results. “She trained every day and I really stayed on her. And when she came back, she had the confidence,” he said.

Ye, who created the fashion brand Yeezy, also addressed the dissolving of his partnership with the Gap. Last week, Ye sent the Gap a letter terminating the 10-year partnership, saying the clothing retailer breached its contract to sell his Yeezy Gap line of apparel. Ye said he plans to open his own line of stores simply called YZY.

Mark Breitbard, Gap brand president and CEO, said the company and West are “not aligned” in how they work together, according to a memo sent to employees and reviewed by the Wall Street Journal. “Simply put…while we share a vision how we work together to deliver this vision is not aligned,” Breitbard wrote, according to the Journal.

It was all kind of a disregard for the voice of something that I co-created.

In addition to criticizing the Gap, Ye has recently criticized Adidas, a retailer that carries his apparel. Ye has been working with the athletic brand since their partnership was announced in 2016, but lashed out at Adidas when the brand released its Adilette 22 sandals, which resemble Ye’s Yeezy slides. Ye called their footwear “a fake Yeezy.”

“It was all kind of a disregard for the voice of something that I co-created. I co-created the product at Adidas. I co-created the product at Gap,” Ye said.

“That means that I was there for some specific agenda, not for Yeezy Gap to be everything that it could be, or this dream that I had about what the Gap could be,” he said. “It’s time for me to make my own thing.”

Adidas Chief Executive Kasper Rorsted said in August that West was probably the most important partner the company had, according to the Wall Street Journal. Adidas is trying to find a path toward continuing the partnership, the paper reported.

Since his ongoing battle with Adidas, Ye said he’s determined to learn more about what goes on behind the scenes of his brand.

“We had to level up,” Ye said. “Really show ’em who’s the new boss in town, that I’m the boss of me. I’m no longer just the man ridin’ atop the polo horse. I’m not just a mascot in the middle of the games, gettin’ the crowd hyped up sayin’, ‘Hey, wear this, do this,’ but you know, just learn financial engineering. Learn how to — learn how to really run a company.”

Ye added that he plans to move forward with an Oct. 3 fashion show in Paris that was initially planned in conjunction with the Gap. He secured a new producer for the event, he said, via Instagram.

Today, YZY Gap engineered by Balenciaga announced a new line of outerwear and knitwear, which will be made available online. YZY Gap engineered by Balenciaga also announced that YZY Gap will be available at stores outside of the U.S. for the first time at Gap’s Tokyo and Shanghai flagship stores.

Potentially, another presidential run

In November 2020, Ye conceded his run for president. He had loaned $6.8 million to his 2020 presidential committee, essentially self-funding his campaign during the first month and a half of his run, according to a Federal Election Commission disclosure filing.

Ye said he “absolutely” plans to run for president again but did not specify when.

“That time wasn’t in God’s time,” he said.

Ye said he is often misunderstood because of his adamancy for his Christian faith, which drives him to perform “Sunday Service” with a gospel choir at different locations around the U.S. He said he’s a “radical” for wanting to promote “the idea of family, the idea of God, the idea of protecting your children’s innocence for as long as possible.”

“When you remove the love and fear of God, you open up the love and fear of everything else. And it’s easier to have sheep when people don’t have God. It’s easier to control the people if people are not controlled by God. Because then they can be controlled by how many likes they have or whatever’s happening on their TikTok or how much money or the perception that people have,” he said.

“But we only have one audience here and that audience is God. And He’s watching us at all times,” Ye said. “He’s got my back.”

BADGLEY MISCHKA DEBUTS THE SPRING 2023 COLLECTION

Badgley Mischka, the iconic American design house that exemplifies timeless glamour, debuted its spring 2023 collection at Spring  Studios on September 11th at 3:00 PM EST. This latest collection draws its inspiration from Mark Badgley and James’ Mischka recent travels to Morocco and celebrates the captivating allure and magic of the fabled Marrakesh and the city of Casablanca, which they had imagined so many times.

 

“Spring 2023 is about building bridges and forging alliances.  After two long years of staying in place, we were finally able to put our feet on the ground of a distant shore,” said Mark Badgley.

 

James Mischka added, “We brought back colors, smells, and experiences from the Medina and the Casbah, burnishing them to a cosmopolitan polish. We partnered with some of Casablanca’s famous workrooms to create embroideries and gowns inspired by tales of the desert and the sea, making them perfect for glamorous evenings in Beverly Hills or London.”

 

“Our print studios created artwork from our descriptions of the spices, the fruit, and the flowers we discovered, and brought them home. The hidden energy of the desert and the calm of the oasis meet the pulse of the nightlife in this collection.  Colors are spare and luscious – chalk, terracotta, ocean, aloe, melon, mango, pomegranate, and limon,” Badgley concluded.

 

For more information and to watch the show on the LiveStream please go to: www.badgleymischka.com

 

In addition to showcasing their latest collection, Badgley Mischka has partnered with Covet Fashion , the virtual styling platform that brings top fashion brands to women around the world, for the annual Covet Fashion Week in-game event. The event gives players first access to see and play with the new collection, allowing them to give their in-game looks and avatars fashion week makeovers. The annual in-game event, Covet Fashion Week, a digital celebration of fashion from the hottest runways, features limited-time daily style challenges and exclusive behind-the-scenes looks from NYFW. Then, starting at 9:00 p.m. EST on Sunday, September 11, players can live their Covet Fashion Week fantasy when The Badgley Mischka Style Challenge becomes available. The challenge will give players an exclusive first look at the collection via the Badgley Mischka NYFW22 SS23 Runway Stream and special in-game features.

 

About Badgley Mischka

Over the past thirty years, Badgley Mischka has flourished into a true lifestyle brand recognizable worldwide. To date, the Badgley Mischka brand includes multiple product categories such as Eveningwear, Day Dresses, Sportswear, Outerwear, Bridal, Swimwear, Footwear, Handbags, Eyewear, Timepieces, and Jewelry. Mark Badgley and James Mischka’ s timeless designs appeal to a wide range of fashionable women including Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, Sharon Stone, Jennifer Garner, Julia Roberts, Kate Winslet, Helen Mirren, Taylor Swift, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Carrie Underwood. Badgley Mischka is sold in the most prestigious stores in the world including Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Harrods, and Harvey Nichols in addition to the Badgley Mischka flagship boutique in Los Angeles. For additional information, please visit www.badgleymischka.com.

GOOD MORNING AMERICA EXCLUSIVE: Frances Tiafoe Talks Amazing US Open

While he didn’t make it to this year’s U.S. Open championship, Frances Tiafoe’s tennis journey still looks very bright.

The 24-year-old American was a breakout star of this year’s tournament after he beat tennis legend Rafael Nadal to advance to the quarterfinals.

Tiafoe spoke in an interview with ABC News on “Good Morning America” Monday about his journey to one of tennis’ biggest stages.

While he said he felt “a ton of different emotions” through his run, he hailed the Grand Slam as “the best two weeks of my life.”

“Probably the best thing [was] seeing the first lady Michelle Obama after the match,” he said of his semifinal match with Carlos Alcaraz. “I was on the one changeover and I looked and she looked at me — and then when they announced her and seeing the crowd erupt, that was pretty impactful.”

He was the first Black American man to reach the semifinals of the U.S. Open since 1972. The last player to do so was Arthur Ashe, the namesake of the stadium where Tiafoe and Alcaraz battled.

“It’s truly a blessing. All the work that my parents did over the years and having them see that and be a part of that is crazy. And to be in the same sentence as Arthur Ashe in anything is unbelievable and something no one can ever take from me. So I’m going to remember that forever,” Tiafoe explained.

Tiafoe said he hopes to continue to move the sport forward for others as a role model.  “My whole life I’ve wanted to pave a way so people like me can also play the game of tennis and just be great leaders as well as great individuals,” he said.

Tiafoe lost in five sets against Alcaraz; their match lasted four hours and 19 minutes. The 19-year-old Spanish phenom advanced to the final and won the tournament.

“I feel I let you guys down,” Tiafoe said after the match, addressing the crowd during an on-court interview. “This one hurts. This one really, really hurts — I’m going to be back — and I will win this thing one day.”

Tiafoe credited picking up a racquet to his father, who was the head of maintenance at a tennis center in Maryland.

Tiafoe, whose parents immigrated from Sierra Leone amid war in the 1990s, grew up outside of Washington, D.C., with his brother, Franklin.

“My parents are everything,” Tiafoe told ABC News. “We wouldn’t be doing this interview, all achievements, I wouldn’t have them without them. I’m just so thankful for them, and them instilling in me hard work and understanding — being humble and grateful for everything that comes your way. They shaped me to the person I am today.”

In 2020, Tiafoe won the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award, the ATP’s award for off-court impact.

Tiafoe added that being an inspiration is “what it’s all about.”

MORE: Serena Williams loses at US Open, likely ends professional career

“We all have a certain gift and to use that gift to inspire so many people to do great things in life,” he said.

As for the fate of the sport, Tiafoe said he thinks “American tennis is in a great place.”

“You’ll see some Grand Slam champions soon,” he said, mentioning Coco Gauff and Jessica Pegula, who he said is “playing great tennis.”

“I’m super excited to be in that conversation,” Tiafoe said. By Kelly McCarthy, Haley Yamada & Henderson Hewes

Emmys 2022: How The Night’s Biggest Winners Got Red Carpet Ready

Emmy winners Quinta Brunson and Sheryl Lee Ralph, presenters Mindy Kaling and Angela Bassett, along with Abbott Elementary star Lisa Ann Walter and Rebecca Rittenhouse prepped for TV’s biggest night with one-of-the-kind treatments from Sarah Akram!

The stars got red carpet ready by visiting Sarah Akram for her signature SA Luxury Treatment ($350; www.sarahakramskincare.com) that combines a customized blend of products with cutting-edge technologies to produce immediate, remarkable results while supporting maximum skin health, prior to attending the 74th Annual Primetime Emmys.

 ABOUT SARAH AKRAM

Sarah Akram provides the best in customized skincare treatments, and modern technology with all-natural products, bringing anti-aging skincare to a whole other level. Without breaking down the skin with laser treatments, Sarah has discovered a way to provide effective skincare treatments to clients that leave them looking and feeling younger at the end of a session.

As a board-licensed Master Esthetician, Sarah is one of the most sought-after skincare specialists on the East Coast. With a roster of loyal A-list clients, Sarah was able to build a successful business in both New York City and Washington, D.C., where she was born and raised. After years of splitting her time between two cities, Sarah decided to lay down roots in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia to open up her own skincare boutique in 2015.

Fortunate to have been mentored by world-renowned skincare experts early in her career, Sarah is thrilled to offer the most effective, cutting-edge skincare at her boutique. With a team of highly skilled Master Estheticians and exclusive partnerships with some of the world’s best product lines, Sarah delivers an all-natural path to anti-aging skincare.

Mega Influencer/Serial Entrepreneur, Ariana Fletcher Inclusive Makeup Line REMEDY BY ARI

Model, Macro influencer turned serial entrepreneur, Ariana Fletcher synonymously hailed as @therealkylesister — has become one of the most influential of them all, utilizing her social media presence to help brands make millions and in turn made herself into a multi-millionaire. 
 
Known for her exotic beauty, full lips, seductive eyes, flawless skin, and megawatt influence, Ariana Fletcher has utilized her social media presence to influence a world of beauty lovers and trendsetters by forging her own path in the industry with the launching of her new, all-inclusive beauty brand, REMEDY BY ARI.
 
 

Lip Glosses: Moisturizing, smudge-proof, non-sticky, and non-oily/greasy feel, each lipgloss is formulated with Shea butter for moisture. Formulated without Phthalates, Parabens, Vegan & Cruelty-Free.

  • Barely There is your go-to for every day shine. Put it on for some extra moisture or layer it on top of your favorite colored gloss! Our lightweight formula gives you a long-lasting glow without stickiness.

  • Conceited: How could you not think you’re the baddest in the room while wearing this gloss?! This high gloss is the perfect neutral addition to any look! Conceited features a light shimmer that adds additional shine.

  • High Class: Imagine Foxy Brown as a lip gloss! This is your beauty hack to a 90’s vibe. High-class features a soft brown shimmer that compliments any natural lip color. Wear it solo or pair it with one of your favorite nude lipsticks.

  • One Night Only: A new super pink gloss that is nourishing, lightweight with a high-shimmer finish, intense color, and 3D, multi-dimensional shine. This is perfect for pigmented lips that need their color to push THROUGH!

  • Lover Girl: This gloss is already a FAN FAVORITE! Featuring a slight pink color with a lightweight shimmer, pair this with any faves and it’s sure to be a hit! Its multidimensional features plumps your lips for maximum effect.

  • Mesmerized: This classic shade provides a mirror-like shine with a light taupe/pink shade. Mesmerized features our hydrating formula that plumps your lips for a natural full look!

  • Sex Appeal: A new super pink gloss that is nourishing, lightweight with a high-shimmer finish, intense color, and 3D, multi-dimensional shine. This is perfect for pigmented lips that need their color to push THROUGH!

  • The Don: A paraben-free gloss that’s never heavy or sticky, and leaves lips moisturized, hydrated, and softly tinted with color. Semi-sheer, radiant shine that can be worn alone or paired up with your favorite lipstick or lip pencil.

  • Viral: A new super pink gloss that is nourishing, lightweight with a high-shimmer finish, intense color, and 3D, multi-dimensional shine. This is perfect for pigmented lips that need their color to push THROUGH!

The Signature Eyeshadow Palette: 

A daily mix of highly pigmented, rose-toned neutral shades that will become your daily go-to palette. A mix of warm, cool, and neutral matte, satin, and shimmer shades that give the perfect, rich canvas for your shadows. Formulated without Phthalates, Parabens, Vegan & Cruelty-Free.

Lip Liners: 

A smooth, smudge-proof Matte lip liner that naturally enhances the fullness of the lips with bold, intense color, whether it is worn alone or paired with your fav gloss for a long-lasting BOMB look. Formulated without Phthalates, Parabens, Vegan & Cruelty-Free.

  • Trendsetter

  • Baby Girl

  • Kiss Me

  • Boss Babe

  • Caviar

  • Flawless

  • Souffle

  • Suede

REMEDY BY ARI launches exclusively on RemedybyAri.co starting on August 26th with global shipping. The Products range from $16-$60 and are available worldwide. 

 

Real Housewife of NJ Dolores Catania Inspires RTA Outdoor Living’s Next Outdoor Kitchen

Dolores Catania has made a name for herself as one of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” on Bravo TV.  Now, her vision is coming to backyards across the country, as her unique outdoor kitchen concept was selected by the public as the winner of RTA Outdoor Living’s (RTAOutdoorLiving.com) “Choose Our Next Design” contest.

Catania’s “Cubed Outdoor Kitchen” beat out designs from Mike Pyle, host of HGTV’s Inside Out, and Kevin Lenhart, Design Director at Yardzen, the leading online landscape design and build platform. The new design will be available for purchase at RTAOutdoorLiving.com starting in 2023.

“I am so excited my square design won! It really is perfect,” said Dolores Catania. “I can cook and watch my family enjoy the food at the same time. And now, I’m so happy this design will help more families make beautiful memories together.”

Right off the bat… You’ll notice how unique this layout is. It’s not a straight, L shape, U shape, or even a galley style island. It’s a spacious square! There’s a reason behind this design twist, too. Dolores Catania loves to have Sunday dinners with her family, and the square outdoor kitchen brings the idea of a large, indoor dining room table outside. What better way to host than to have the entire family seated on the island?

As for the appliances in Dolores’ design, first, you’ll find the massive 42” Coyote grill! There’s plenty of space for grilling fish, burgers, or other preferred proteins. Underneath, you’ll see there’s a warming drawer. This feature is excellent if you frequently host large gatherings! However, Dolores’ favorite feature is the Coyote power burner, so she can cook everything outside… most importantly, her “Sunday sauce.”

ABOUT RTA OUTDOOR LIVING
RTA (ready-to-assemble) Outdoor Living was born from a desire to empower homeowners to create ideal outdoor spaces that encourage gathering and human connection. Our outdoor living features, manufactured in the heartland of America—Cambridge City, Indiana—achieve this purpose. At its core, RTA’s product line is a simplified alternative to outdoor masonry. Through this approach, we avoid the high costs associated with building outdoor kitchens from scratch. Our easy-to-install options make the luxury of an outdoor grill island attainable to everyone.  More information is at RTAOutdoorLiving.com

How To Style Graphic T-Shirts For Classy Dressing

If you love graphic t-shirts, you will probably have many of them in your wardrobe. They look cool and trendy and make you your best companion for casual dressing. A sassy quote or a cute image is enough to get you all the attention you want. But you may have some qualms about wearing it to work or on a formal occasion for the same reason. The truth is that you can actually wear your favorite tee anywhere by only being a little creative. Let us share a few easy styling ideas to carry a graphic t-shirt for chic dressing.

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Stick with minimal graphics

The chic dressing is about minimalism, and you can achieve it by picking a tee with minimal graphics. You need not be too loud with words and pictures to say what you want. Just a word can pass a message, and a small image can do the trick. When you create your wardrobe, look for a mix of bold messages and one-word tees so that you have something for every occasion. Pick the appropriate one to make a mark with your style sense.

Choose a subtle color

Stylists recommend sticking with subtle shades for sophisticated dressing. Black is an evergreen favorite, though you can opt for white and gray if you like lighter hues. You can even carry a prominent graphic tee formally with these colors. Steer clear of bright tones like red, yellow, and green because they instantly catch anyone’s attention. Even a small text or image becomes more visible in these colors.

Layering does the trick

Layering is your best styling trick every time you want to dress chic. It can help you overcome the challenge of styling graphic t-shirts for work and formal occasions. Wearing your favorite tee under a blazer or jacket gives you the best of both worlds. You love the look and feel of the ensemble as both pieces complement each other perfectly. Moreover, you have endless options to add the element of fun to classy dressing.

Find a perfect fit

Although t-shirts are meant to be comfy, you cannot ignore the fit when carrying them to a formal occasion. Pick one that isn’t too tight because you need not look like a gym buff or show your flab. A loose fit is totally against the rule of chic dressing because it makes you look lazy and unkempt. Check the fits of the graphic tees in your wardrobe and set aside the right ones for formal dressing.

Carry your attitude

Nothing looks out of place if you carry it with the right attitude. If you are confident about wearing a graphic tee formally, show it with your attitude. As a rule, you must love what you wear to look good. Comfort is the key, so be sure to dress in garments you feel easy in. Think beyond the layering and bottom wear, and pair your tee with the best accessories to create the ultimate ensemble.

Styling graphic tees for chic dressing is easier than you imagine, provided you are creative and open-minded. Most importantly, experiment until you find what works for you!

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Former First Lady Michelle Obama Announces New Book

Former first lady Michelle Obama, whose memoir “Becoming” became a global bestseller, is releasing a new book.

The book, “The Light We Carry: Overcoming in Certain Times,” will include lessons the former first lady says she has learned on “change, challenge and power” and overcoming obstacles in uncertain times.

“Drawing from her experiences as a mother, daughter, spouse, friend, and First Lady, she shares the habits and principles she has developed to successfully adapt to change and overcome various obstacles—the earned wisdom that helps her continue to ‘become,'” the book’s publisher, Penguin Random House, said Thursday in a statement announcing the book.

“She details her most valuable practices, like ‘starting kind,’ ‘going high,’ and assembling a ‘kitchen table’ of trusted friends and mentors,” the statement continued. “With trademark humor, candor, and compassion, she also explores issues connected to race, gender, and visibility, encouraging readers to work through fear, find strength in community, and live with boldness.”

Obama’s book will be published on Nov. 15, 2022, in 14 languages and 27 countries around the world, according to Penguin Random House.

In her previous book, “Becoming,” Obama, a mother of two, detailed her journey from growing up on the South Side of Chicago to becoming First Lady of the United States.

The memoir sold more than 17 million copies around the globe, according to Penguin Random House, and its accompanying audiobook won a Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album.

“Becoming” also turned into not just a bestselling book but a world tour for Obama, whose book tour consisted of stops in major arenas around the globe during which the former first lady was interviewed by high-profile people including Sarah Jessica Parker, Reese Witherspoon, and Oprah Winfrey.

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