This Maxi Dress Keeps Me Fashionable, Cool, and Modest

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Scouting Report: This long-sleeved maxi dress from Amazon is perfect for anyone looking to stay modest, but not overheat during the summer.

As someone who covers herself by observing hijab, literally meaning “the veil” in Arabic, it can get challenging to find clothing that is both comfortable and loose, while also staying cool during the warm weather of the summer months. Dresses are too short, or too see-through, or just plain too tight. Fortunately, I came across the PCEAIIH Long Sleeve Loose Plain Dresses and it’s been my ultimate summer dress.

I loved this maxi dress immediately because of its versatility — it really is not only just for summer but can be worn in the fall and spring too. This dress really is easy to fall in love with the elegance and shaping it provides. Most dresses can be really form-fitted to the body’s shape but this material is breathable and not clingy at all, making it perfect for any occasion. The dress is made of a wonderfully soft material that will allow you to stay comfortable all day long. The buttery soft nature of this dress keeps me cool and still makes me feel divine. One thing to note, however, is that the fabric does stretch a bit; this can have both advantages or disadvantages. On the plus side, you don’t have to worry about wrinkles as much. However, the downside is that if pulled too much, the cloth may not retain its structure. I have found that it can start to pill after too much wear, but that’s nothing a fabric shaver can’t help.

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Futurism Bought by VC-Backed Firm Seeking to Become Next Big Media Power Player

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A popular but niche technology and science outlet has become the latest website to be scooped up by a venture equity-backed media company quickly becoming a significant player in the digital space.

Recurrent Ventures is set to announce later on Monday that it has finalized a deal to purchase Futurism, the tech and culture-focused news site previously owned by Singularity University, a Google and Deloitte-backed technology business.

The purchase of Futurism marks the latest acquisition for Recurrent Ventures, which has quickly assembled a portfolio of well-liked but small, primarily digital media brands. Over the past several years, the venture equity-backed company has purchased 18 media brands including Popular Science, Saveur, Outdoor Life, Field & Stream, and The Drive, among others.

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Forty Thousand Fans Cram Into Music Festival as England Takes Huge, but Very Fun, Gamble

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HENHAM PARK, England—Some 40,000 unmasked music fans descended on farmland here in rural Suffolk this weekend, for a four-day music festival that represents the country’s biggest real-world experiment so far in living alongside coronavirus, as the country shrugged off all remaining restrictions after 16 months of constraints.

The Latitude festival required all attendees to show proof that they were either fully vaccinated or in possession of a negative COVID test as a condition of entry, but there was no requirement for social distancing.

Screaming music fans responded by cramming around open-air stages and inside covered tents to see a lineup of acts like The Chemical Brothers, Wolf Alice, and ’80s pop legend Rick Astley, who of course performed his 1988 No. 1 hit “Never Gonna Give You Up,” which has since become famous as an internet prank, at the event’s Obelisk and Trailer Park stages.

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‘Mild and Sunny’: The Weather Lies Tokyo Told to Win These Games

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Olympic host city contests are fraught, complicated, and expensive affairs. Whatever Baron Pierre de Coubertin might have said, the winning is the only thing that counts, not the taking part.

Which might explain a statement in the Tokyo 2020 bid document reassuring the International Olympic Committee about the likely conditions athletes would compete in during the Games: “With many days of mild and sunny weather, this period provides an ideal climate for athletes to perform their best.”

Olympic bid documents are not there to highlight a city’s problems, but as anyone who’s been to Tokyo this time of year could tell you, that line was at best optimistic, at worst a lie. But the question is why the IOC would accept it as true given the potential risks for athletes during a hot and humid Tokyo summer?

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Lululemon’s Oxford Makes Me Want to Go Back to the Office

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Scouting Report: This Oxford from Lululemon is the most comfortable button-down I own. It’s not restricting, it’s breathable, and most of all, it’s stylish too.

Of all the items in the modern wardrobe that have been reimagined as athleisure (you can buy an entire suit in this now ubiquitous style) the oxford shirt is the one I’ve been waiting for the longest. I love a good, classic, button-down oxford—quite a few of my most worn shirts are cut in this style—but they have a few drawbacks that often confine my wearing them to air-conditioned, dry environments. Lululemon once again seems like it somehow had a direct line into my brain. The brand was able to eliminate virtually all of the weaknesses of the oxford shirt by using a clever, clean design and a more dynamic material for their reimagining of a classic wardrobe staple.

The Commission Long Sleeve Shirt looks and fits exactly like all of my favorite oxfords that have become threadbare and ultrasoft from thousands of hours on my back or in the washing machine. The shirt is still mostly cotton, but, and this is critical, the other half is made from a material called elastomultiester, a polyester based material that provides functionality that has always been missing from this classic shirt. This allows the shirt to maintain the relaxed fit and great feel that made me fall in love with it in the first place.

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Val Kilmer Finds His Voice Again in ‘Val,’ a Moving Reflection on a Life Almost Lost

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Handsome, muscular, cocky and charismatic, Val Kilmer was a prototypical movie star, so it’s somewhat shocking to now see him in such reduced form in Val. Speaking in a gravely rasp via a tracheotomy tube through which he also eats—the byproduct of throat cancer treatment in 2017—and boasting a scrawny frame that’s light years removed from his six-pack heyday, the 61-year-old Kilmer is a withered version of his former matinee idol self, at least physically. Yet despite those health setbacks, he remains a vibrant artist determined to not fade away, and Ting Poo and Leo Scott’s documentary serves as the blockbuster actor’s vehicle for telling his story—and, in the process, reasserting his voice.

In theaters July 23 before arriving on Amazon Prime Video on August 6 (this following its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival), Val is a semi-autobiographical effort, mixing contemporary scenes of Kilmer at home and with his children, and a wealth of camcorder footage that the actor shot during the past 40 years. That intimate material is the real draw, offering behind-the-scenes peeks at some of his most famous movies, including Top Secret, Top Gun, The Doors, Batman Forever, Heat, Tombstone and The Island of Dr. Moreau, the last of which includes perhaps the juiciest of all clips, with Kilmer and director John Frankenheimer having a heated on-set argument about the former’s unwillingness to turn off his VHS camera and the latter’s threats to quit in protest over his star’s insubordination. It’s a confrontation that confirms Kilmer’s reputation as a “difficult” actor, which itself is subsequently addressed by a montage of interviews and TV broadcasts from that late 1990s period in his career.

Blessed with amazing material from Kilmer’s present and past, Val is often an unvarnished portrait of the actor. At a Comic-Con signing, the now-frail Kilmer has to take a break from doling out autographs so he can puke in a trash can and be steered in a wheelchair (with a blanket over his head) to a room so he can take a nap. In 1997, he argues with his ex-wife Joanne Whalley about custody arrangements for their two children, Mercedes and Jack, promising to make their ongoing disagreement a legal squabble should she not cooperate. At a Tombstone anniversary screening, Kilmer vocalizes his struggle between feeling like a sell-out for traveling around the country hawking his prior self to the masses, and being grateful for (rather than humiliated at) the outpouring of love and support he receives at such events. In those moments, the film captures a raw and poignant sense of its subject’s many ups and downs, both then and now.

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A Key Trump Witness Is Being Muzzled Over Her Custody Battle

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As the New York criminal investigation into the Trump Organization deepens, a parallel battle is quietly playing out in the city’s family court, where lawyers are trying to muzzle one of the government’s key witnesses—and cast doubt over her mental health.

Jennifer Weisselberg, the ex-wife of Trump employee Barry Weisselberg—and former daughter-in-law of one of Trump’s closest business confidants, Allen Weisselberg—has told investigators that executives at the Trump Organization were rewarded with untaxed perks.

Her documents and grand jury testimony were crucial to last month’s indictment of her former father-in-law, the corporation’s chief financial officer. And she has repeatedly explained to journalists how the tuition for her children’s private school was an untaxed corporate gift paid in lieu of salary.

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The Disturbing Story Behind Tucker Carlson’s Favorite Black Cop

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It was July 2020, and Nakia Wallace was on the streets of Detroit when, she says, police threw a young man to the ground and placed a knee on his neck. Along with dozens of others, Wallace was protesting the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The action was just one of more than 100 she said she went on to organize in the city, and now it seemed like cops might be recreating the nightmarish arrest that sparked a nationwide uprising.

According to Wallace, she yelled at the cops attacking the man, and soon found herself swarmed by police herself—before being thrown to the ground and placed in a chokehold.

“They began to just beat everybody up,” Wallace told The Daily Beast.

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