Elliot Page at the 2022 LACMA ART+FILM GALA November 5, 2022

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Usually, I’m a hard-copy kind of gal. The feeling of pages between my fingers, the occasional paper cut drawing bright crimson across a page, the scent and weight of the volume itself — these are tangible and hugely enjoyable markers of reading an actual, honest-to-goodness book.

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Martin Luther King III attends a meeting hosted by United States President Joe Biden with organizers of the 60th anniversary of the March on Washington at the White House on Monday, August 28, 2023

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On August 28, 1963, The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom drew a quarter of a million people to the nation’s capital in order to protest racial discrimination and advocate for equal rights and opportunities for Black citizens. It is rightly considered a milestone in the civil rights movement of the 1960s and remains a perpetual source of inspiration and courage. It also led to the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which the U.S. Department of Labor describes as prohibiting “discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin.”

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By now I'm pretty sure everyone has heard of, if not tried, at least one recipe box. Whether it was outside your neighbour's doors, on social media, or even from your friends, recipe boxes are everywhere.

But what are they really about? Are they worth all this hype or are they another flash-in-the-pan fad?

To clarify, recipe boxes like HelloFreshsend you recipes and the exact ingredients to make dinner for 2-4 people, 3-5 nights a week. So instead of meal prepping, planning, food shopping, and measuring out 2.7 tablespoons of curry powder – you just throw it all together, and voilà, you have yourself a delicious, home-cooked meal in as little as 30 minutes.

While I have been aware of their existence for quite a while, I had never considered it for myself. I'm a decent cook when I want to be and I'm good at whipping up something tasty with the leftovers in the fridge so I couldn't see why I would need a service like this.

A few months ago, my friend who is a famously bad cook (he always manages to burn something when we lived together in college), sent a photo into the group chat of this divine-looking Cumin Spiced Chicken Tacos.

He swore it hadn't just come from the delivery but I wasn't convinced until he sent in the HelloFresh recipe card. I realised that a recipe box wasn't for the lazy cooks or folks with zero culinary skills, but for anyone who likes delicious high-quality food and may need some new inspiration to spice up their weekly dinner routine. With the added bonus of max convenience!

I ordered a box to surprise my girlfriend and a week later we gave it a go. It took about 2 minutes to sign up and order. I went with their plan for 2 people with 3 meals. I even got to choose which meals we were going to have in the box, which was quite difficult as they all looked so tasty.

At the end of a long working day, all Sam and I want to do is quickly whip up something to eat and argue over what to watch on Netflix. With HelloFresh, we can not only make these delicious new dinners on a weekday in as little as 30 minutes in the kitchen, but we also get to try new cuisines that we never thought we'd cook ourselves. We've even started becoming more adventurous with the food we eat.

Some of their quick meals like Cheesy Bacon Flatbread and Creamy Cashew Chicken take only 25 mins which is amazing. And we definitely want to try their Veggie dishes for our meat-free days – the Roasted Aubergine Dahl looks really good.

I went with the Cumin Spiced Chicken Tacos to start, and I was amazed everything was plated up 30 mins later. The first thing Sam said to me when we sat down to our first meal was "this is ridiculously good". I was so proud of myself but I had to admit it was mostly down to Hellofresh's spice blend, it truly made the whole dish.

I also opted for their special dish of the week, Chorizo and Sweet Potato Stewwhich tasted restaurant worthy for sure.

I guess we associate convenience with something that is bad for you, boring, or not tasty but that is certainly not the case with HelloFresh. It has really inspired our dinner time, as we are no longer eating the same thrown-together dinners week in, week out.

We've continued it ever since for 3 meals a week, giving us the chance to still make our old faves or eat out when we want to. With the meals starting at €2.50* per serving with their offer, it's hard to see how we could get better variety in such a convenient way and at such a good price compared to the supermarket.

Writing this I can already tell you're a bit skeptical about the whole thing and fair enough, I was too. I can honestly say though it's changed our weekly routine completely. When we're exhausted and don't have to go to the store or figure out what to eat, the excitement and simplicity of HelloFresh make dinner a breeze.

The folks at HelloFresh are extending a special offer to our readers!

Follow this link to get up to €85 off your first 4 boxes!

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Best Things We Bought This Month - April Edition

Oil cleansers, tote bags, and new shoes. Discover the best things loved by our editors

When I was in fourth grade, there was this boy who would always say “Happy White Rabbit Day” on the first of the month. And even though I just thought he was weird running around sayig ‘rabbit rabbit’ for hours on end, I silently say it to myself every time the first of the month comes around.

While I had no idea this was actually a real saying – see FDR and apparently even George Washington (am I the worst American?) – the phrase ‘rabbit rabbit,’ or wishing some a happy white rabbit day, is the equivalent of wishing them luck.

Now that May has officially come to a close, it’s time to wish each other endless rabbits and take a look at some of the best things our editors bought last month.

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When it comes to wallets and accessories, most men are behind. It's 2023, and it's time to introduce you to your next best investment: the smart wallet.

How exactly can a wallet be smart? Well, Ekster has been at the forefront of innovation when it comes to smart wallets. All of their wallets are packed with time-saving, high-tech features to make your day-to-day better.

They all have RFID blocking technology to stop your data from being stolen. As well as the ability to be tracked with Ekster's Tracker Card. The Tracker Card is solar-powered, so it only needs 3 hours of sunlight to last for 2 months. With this card, you can track your wallet worldwide with Ekster's global system when you lose it. Plus, it can be paired with Google Assistant, Alexa, or Siri.

So what are some of Ekster's best products? Here are our top three:

1. Aluminum Cardholder

Ekster Aluminum Cardholder

The Aluminum Cardholder is made from space-grade aluminum and can hold up to 12 cards. It has a removable cash strap in case you want the option to hold a few bills. With the click of a button, the cards pop up for easy access. It also has an expandable metal backplate for extra storage while keeping a slim profile.

2. Parliament Wallet

Ekster Parliament Wallet

We're really impressed with the Parliament Wallet. It's made from environmentally certified premium leather and has the card pop-up feature, so with the click of a button, you gain easy access to your cards - flashy and functional. Great for anyone that loves a classic leather look with 21st-century features.

3. iPhone Cases

Ekster iPhone Case

The Ekster Phone Cases protect your screen and lens, preventing scratches, scrapes, and breakage. Inside of each case there's a secret compartment for extra SIM cards, a reset pin, and a discreet spot for cash, with space for cards on the outside. The iPhone 12 case even has built-in magnets to attach the Magnetic Cardholder or Folio for extra storage.

These are only a few of Ekster's smart and stylish offerings. The Ekster Modular Bifold Wallet is another practical invention. It's a classic design with a removable cardholder that is held in place with strong magnets allowing for extra optional space. Plus, for the slimmest in the game you should check out the Senate Cardholder with the card pop-up button.

It's no wonder Ekster products have so many 5 star reviews. If you're in the market for some new stylish and functional accessories, check out Ekster.

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When I was in fourth grade, there was this boy who would always say “Happy White Rabbit Day” on the first of the month. And even though I just thought he was weird running around saying ‘rabbit rabbit’ for hours on end, I silently say it to myself every time the first of the month comes around.

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