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Inspiring Books That Are NOT Chicken Soup For The Soul

I have a confession to make: I have a minor addiction to what might be described as new school self-help books. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying? Yep, my apartment has been Kondo'd many times over. The Happiness Project? Before it was a podcast, it was a book that I turned to whenever I felt like my life was veering off course and needed a little redirection.And then there's Tiny Beautiful Things, a collection of advice columns by Wild author Cheryl Strayed that has basically been my bible for how to be a better person — and also give myself a break for not being perfect. (We're all just human, right?)So what do all these books have in common, apart from the fact that they're my go-to gifts for friends during the holidays? Though they vary in subject, these titles are all inspirational reads that might just help get you over the hump when you need a little push. Getting your read on never felt so good.More Entertainment Stories:Why Tilda Swinton Has A Harry Potter BeefThese Coffee Table Books Are Just So Darned DelightfulLiked Gone Girl? You'll Love These Other Suspense Thrillers`Lincoln in the BardoBy George SaundersIn this revolutionary work of fiction, Saunders channels hundreds of narrators to create a pastiche narrative around one seminal moment in American history: the death of Abraham Lincoln's son. The characters, both dead and undead, piece together a portrait of Lincoln at his lowest. But really, this isn't just a book about Abraham Lincoln. With his clear belief in the goodness of people, George Saunders has written a book on how to live a good life despite the inevitability of loss.Courtesy of Penguin Random HouseWildBy Cheryl StrayedIt's time to indoctrinate yourself into the Cheryl Strayed fan club. At the age of 22, Cheryl Strayed's life was at a low point: she'd just lost her mother, was getting divorced, and was hooked on heroine. Four years later, she decided to reboot her life with a solitary trek up the Pacific Crest Trail, stretching from the Mojave Desert to Washington State. You don't have to take the hike to be bettered by the wisdom Strayed picked up along the way.Courtesy of Alfred A. KnopfMen Explain Things to MeBy Rebecca SolnitIf you've ever used the term "mansplaining" to explain the phenomenon of a man pedantically to a woman, you have Rebecca Solnit's tiny tome to thank. In this collection of essays, Solnit explores a variety of issues extremely relevant to today's woman. While reading, you're likely to experience a whirlwind of empowerment, anger, and, most importantly, the inspiration to make a change in the way you walk through the world.Courtesy of Haymarket BooksBird by BirdBy Anne LamottAfter years of teaching fiction workshops, writer Anne Lamott compiled the best of her advice to students in book form. Though fiction writers are Bird by Bird ’s target demographic, anyone with a creative spirit will benefit from Lamott’s open-hearted, generous, bountiful wisdom. Like an old friend, Lamott reaches through the page and speaks right to your inner self.Photo:The AlchemistBy Paulo CoelhoA young Andalusian shepherd leaves his home to find worldly pleasures. Aside from the Andalusian shepherd bit, sounds a lot like the rest of us, right? Written in simple and beautiful language, Paolo Coehlo’s poetic allegory will inspire you to follow your heart. The Alchemist is the second best selling book in the world, so you’ll be inducted into a large community of people equally touched by Santiago’s dreamquest.Courtesy of HarperOneThe Life-Changing Magic of Tidying UpBy Marie KondoShould you keep things that give you no joy? That's the revolutionary question behind Kondo's sensational approach to life organization. And if it only inspires you to clean out that junky desk drawer to make room for your art supplies ... Well, isn't that enough?Photo: Ten Speed Press.Bad FeministBy Roxane GayIt's tough times, ladies — but luckily, we've got a roadmap for how to get through them, courtesy of our favorite "bad feminist." This collection traverses personal memories and political ideologies, all while interrogating the concept of a "good" feminist.No matter where you fall on the feminism spectrum though, one thing is for sure: Gay's book will give you some serious food for thought.Photo: Courtesy of Harper Perennial. Travels with Myself and Anotherby Martha GellhornIf you haven't taken the deep dive into Martha Gellhorn obsession, now's the time to get acquainted. The renowned journalist spent much of her life traveling and trying to make sense of the horrors of the world. To boot, she's just really fucking funny. (It's just not fair, you know?) In her memoir, Travels with Myself and Another, Gellhorn trains her keen wit on her own experiences, reflecting on what she's witnessed."Nothing is better for self-esteem than survival," she writes in the opening sentences.Read this if you're looking to travel, to survive, to live, and to be a person.Photo: Courtesy of TarcherPerigee.The Empathy Examsby Leslie JamisonJamison's series of essay is exactly what it purports to be: an examination of empathy. The first essay catalogues Jamison's experience as a practice medical patient. (As in, she pretended to be a patient for medical students.) What emerges is a deep rumination on how we cultivate empathy in our lives and how — most importantly — we can be empathetic towards ourselves.Photo: Courtesy of Graywolf Press.Bird By Birdby Anne LamottLamott's 1994 book on writing gives advice that applies to your writerly life — and literally everything else. The book derives its title from her father's advice re: a book report on birds."Just take it bird by bird." Want to write? Take it bird by bird. Sentence by sentence. Want to become a morning person? Take it day by day. Lamott's elegantly worded advice — she is a writer, after all — speaks to the quiet dedication life requires if you want to accomplish anything at all. She believes the act of writing (and the act of trying to write) more important than publication or reward. She encourages crappy writing and failed attempts. Read the book, page by page, and savor its kindly encouraging advice.Photo: Courtesy of Anchor. Not That Kind Of GirlBy Lena DunhamYep, we're counting this one as inspirational. Dunham is one of our favorite (literal) lady bosses; she accomplished a lot during the wild twentysomething years, and she definitely has wisdom to deliver, with wit to boot.Photo: Courtesy of Random House.How To Be A Person In The WorldBy Heather HavrileskyDo you read Dear Polly? If you do, then you already know why this book is the best. If you don't, you're majorly missing out, for reasons that we explained in great detail right her e.Photo: Courtesy of Doubleday. The Year of Magical ThinkingBy Joan DidionWhen Joan Didion's husband, the writer John Gregory Dunne, passed away, she was left to cope with the hole in her life, and in her heart. But this memoir is more elegy than eulogy, as well as a beautiful portrait of how one woman grieves her great loss.Photo: Courtesy of Vintage Books. When Breath Becomes AirBy Paul KalanithiPaul Kanthani was a successful doctor in the prime of his life when he learned he had terminal cancer; but in addition to being a brilliant medical mind, he was also a beautiful writer and observer of the human condition.Compiled from his papers and finished by his wife after Kalanithi's passing, When Breath Becomes Air is an at once heartbreaking and hope-giving book about what it means to truly appreciate life and the little moments that make up our days.Photo: Courtesy of Random House. The Happiness ProjectBy Gretchen RubinAnother (slightly) oldie but still goodie: Gretchen Rubin shakes out the cobwebs of her life and figures out how to channel her days toward happiness in a larger sense. If you're feeling blue, this is a practical how-to for shaking things up.Photo: Courtesy of Harper Collins. The Five People You Meet In HeavenBy Mitch AlbomAn oldie and a goodie, this book is a work of fiction that functions as a parable for appreciating the time we spend here on this pretty little planet.Photo: Courtesy of Hachette Books. Big MagicBy Elizabeth GilbertEven if you sort of think Eat, Pray, Love is insufferable, Big Magic is, well, actually magical. Smart and insightful, and full of that Elizabeth Gilbert charm, Big Magic is the author fully embracing her accidental guru side — and if you're someone who is still working on unleashing their creative potential (aren't we all) then this book, and the podcast of the same name, could be the answer.Photo: Courtesy of Riverhead Books. Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice On Love & Life From Dear SugarBy Cheryl StrayedLifted directly from Strayed's long-running column at The Rumpus, Dear Sugar is a compilations of personal essays meant to answer the readers who wrote in with their heartaches, heartbreaks, and questions about how to deal with the curveballs life throws our way.But while she's speaking to specific people, Strayed's writing is wonderfully universal, and her wisdom is at once deeply contextualizing and comforting. A perfect pick-me-up that will make you cry and also want to dry your tears.Photo: Courtesy of Vintage Books. The Year Of YesBy Shonda RhimesUm, what advice wouldn't we take from the powerhouse of network TV? Rhimes is basically a genius in our book — and in her book, she proves that by giving badass and totally applicable advice about how to silence self-doubt and channel the person you are truly meant to be. There is a reason that this one is a bestseller many-times over, and you'll find it in the pages.Photo: Courtesy of Simon & Schuster.Books for Livingby Will SchwalbeWhen looking to better your life through books, where better to start than a book on the best literature for living your life? Will Schwalbe, a journalist and avid reader, will give you all the pull quotes you need from the various authors that have inspired Schwalbe. The veteran writer and editor uses Melville's Bartleby of "the scrivener" to justify your impulse to give up. (Truth be told, giving up can be one of the healthiest things you do for your well being.) Best yet, Schwalbe encourages you to cancel plans and spend a night at home — the type of advice everyone needs to hear on a Saturday night.Photo: Courtesy of Knopf. The Opposite Of LonelinessBy Marina KeeganElie Wiesel once said that the opposite of love isn't hate: It's indifference. The opposite of loneliness is equally opaque — but it's what this smart, thoughtful collection gets at.Another layer: Keegan was newly graduate from Yale and starting a job at The New Yorker when she died tragically in a car crash; her hope for the future makes this collection all the more moving, a reminder that life is precious and should be lived to its fullest.Photo: Photo Courtesy of Scribner.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Maddie Ziegler Just Checked Something Else Off Her Bucket ListAriel Levy On The Illusion Of "Having It All"Emma Roberts Started A Book Club & You're Invited

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This Is How E.l.f Became One Of The Most In-Demand — & Affordable — Beauty Brands

E.l.f. Cosmetics is the needle in the beauty haystack: a brand that barely advertises and has never done celebrity endorsements, yet has an enormous and devoted fanbase; that makes high quality products packed with pigment and secret features, yet charges only a couple of bucks for 'em.In the 13 years that the brand has been around, it's grown from a tiny e-commerce site to a major player in Target, CVS, and 19 brick-and-mortar stores. How? We tapped Achelle Richards, E.l.f.'s Global Artistic Director, and Mara McCune, the brand's V.P. of Brand & Marketing, to spill the secrets behind the evolution."E.l.f. was founded by father-son duo Joey and Alan Shamah," says Richards. "Joey's wife came home one day with five new makeup products and the bill was something like $200. Joey thought that was ridiculous and wanted to find another solution." So Shamah set out to fill a gap in the market — a lack of affordable and pro-quality products — and we're all better for it.Ahead, we're highlighting the company's biggest milestones. (Oh, and PS: The name stands for "eyes, lips, face.")The Beginning: 2004Thirteen years ago, E.l.f. launched with a line of over 20 items, one of which was the Shimmering Facial Whip. "It's one of the heritage items that's still a fan favorite," Richards notes. The best part of the lineup back then? Every product cost just $1, making it one of the only mass cosmetics companies to offer such low prices at the time. Close relationships with suppliers and manufacturing abroad has helped the cruelty-free brand keep costs low. The brand also spends very little money in traditional advertising or celebrity endorsements and relies heavily on crowd-sourcing through social media to get the word out."E.l.f. was born online," says Richards. "It was really about being able to communicate with consumers directly and that's how we broke through the clutter. We wanted consumers to be part of the innovation process and it's still a big part of the brand today."E.L.F. Shimmering Facial Whip, $1, available at E.L.F.Brushes Are Born: 2005A year later, the brand branched out to tools. "We started with dollar brushes, which we still have today," says Richards. "We wanted good quality [and affordable] brushes that are soft, vegan, and cruelty-free." E.l.f offers everything from eyebrow spoolies to blush brushes that cost less than a one-way subway ticket. Can't argue with that.E.L.F. Velvet Matte Lipstick, $3, available at E.L.F.Taking Over Target: 2007The 2007 foray into Target stores is arguably one of the most pivotal moments in the brand's history. Since then E.l.f. has expanded to CVS, Walmart, Ulta Beauty, and Old Navy.E.L.F. Velvet Matte Lipstick, $3, available at E.L.F.The Studio Line: 2008Once E.l.f.'s $1-products started to pick up steam in the retail market, the brand decided to mix things up. In 2008, it launched its studio line, which features a slew of innovative products in sleek black-and-white packaging, each sold for $3. Many products from the Studio Line have become cult favorites, like the Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder.E.L.F. Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder in St. Lucia, $3, available at E.L.F.The First Store: 2013Five years later, E.l.f. opened its first brick-and-mortar store in New York City — a very rare move for affordable mass brands. "It's a great chance for us to interact with shoppers and another place to see how they respond," says Richards. Over the next three years, E.l.f.'s retail presence would expand to 19 stores across New York, New Jersey, and California. The brand also launched free international shipping last year.Photo: Courtesy of E.l.f.Skin Care Domination: 2015For over ten years, E.l.f. was solely a makeup-focused brand, but a range of skin-care products had been in the works for a long time. "Great makeup starts with great skin and having skin care was a natural evolution of the brand," says Richards. "We have great key ingredients with a lot of K-beauty inspiration, like our Hydrating Bubble Mask. We're also paraben-, sulfate-, and pthalate-free."E.L.F. Hydrating Bubble Mask, $14, available at E.L.F.E.l.f. Goes Public: 2016Last September, E.l.f. Cosmetics went public. According to Fortune, "Wall Street investors...are clamoring to own a piece of the newly public cosmetics brand...Shares for [the brand] soared more than 50% from the offering price."Photo: Courtesy of E.l.f.A Cut Above: 2016Richards, who develops all of the brand's products, decided it was time to up the brush ante. Enter: the Beautifully Precise Collection. The brushes look like expensive little works of design, but each rings in at under $13.E.L.F. Beautifully Precise Multi Blender Massager, $12, available at E.L.F.BeautyScape: 2016Last year, E.l.f. held its first BeautyScape conference — an event that brings the brand's consumer-driven mission full circle. Fans can submit their favorite makeup looks via social media for a chance to win an all-expenses-paid trip and to learn new makeup tips and product innovation news. "Beautyscape is about giving back to our [customers]," says Richards. "It's like a weekend-long focus group."Celeb Moments: 2016-2017E.l.f. has been picking up steam in the celebrity sphere as well. Back in 2016, Emma Roberts wore the brand's Molten Liquid Eyeshadow; this year, Nina Dobrev wore the brand's Smooth Matte Eyeshadow as a lipstick to Vanity Fair 's Oscar Party — proof that affordable makeup can hold its own on the red carpet.Tech: 2017 & BeyondWhen in comes to the future of E.l.f., Richards and McCune are understandably tight-lipped. But E.l.f.'s first foray into technology this month marks new territory the brand would like to continue to explore. Its first device is the Massaging Eye Wand, which can be used as an eye massager or to aid in better product absorption.When asked how the brand stays on top of — and ahead of — trends, Richards points again to the magic of social media. "Through social, we're able to really communicate with our customers and find out what they like," she says. "We also follow fashion week and travel around the globe."Today, E.l.f. has over 900 products in its lineup (100 of which launched in the past year alone), and it doesn't plan to stop innovating any time soon. Which is very, very good news for our faces and our wallets.E.L.F. Massaging Eye Wand, $25, available at E.L.F.Like this post? There's more. Get tons of beauty tips, tutorials, and news on the Refinery29 Beauty Facebookpage. Like us on Facebook — we'll see you there!Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Happy National Puppy Day, Here's South Korea's Cutest Dog Tattoo ArtistThis RoboCop Eye Mask Will Get You All The Love On Instagram10 Puppies Who Have Better Brows Than You

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Time To Party! NYC Venues Perfect For Any Bash

Photo Via: Sixty LES It’s called the city that never sleeps for a reason. On any night of the week, New Yorkers are enjoying a cocktail, a dance party, a special meal, a karaoke session, and so much more. In fact, there are so many ways to cut loose, it can be a little overwhelming to choose just where you'll do it. Fear not, though: Here's a whole list of places where you can get down for any occasion, whether it's your 21st birthday party, your wedding, a holiday party, or a get-together "just because."National SawdustLocated in an old sawdust factory, National Sawdust's uber-modern interior hosts world-class concerts and events. But you don't have to be an artist-in-resident to take advantage of the amazing space. It's also possible to rent for any number of events, no string quartet required (Though they'd sound great if you brought them along!) The restaurant next door, Rider, is available for inventive cocktails and food, from passed apps to sit-down meals.National Sawdust, 80 North 6th Street (at Wythe Avenue); 646-779-8455.Photo: Courtesy of National Sawdust.Industry KitchenIt's shockingly easy to forget Manhattan is an island, especially if your travels river the water's edge are limited to underground subway trip to Brooklyn. But, if you're not spending time by the island's edge, you're missing some of the city's best views. At Industry Kitchen, they have views to spare: at the edge of South Street Seaport, with the Brooklyn Bridge in full sight, its full-length glass windows will give your guests plenty to look at. The event menu, which includes American an Italian inspired bites and plates, will give them plenty to nosh on, too.Industry Kitchen, 70 South St (at Maiden Lane); 212-487-9600.Photo: Courtesy of Industry Kitchen.The FoundryLocated in Long Island City, this gorgeous 19th-century building is now an event space as well as frequent set for film and photography. (If it looks familiar, it may be because its where Jessa said her short-lived "I Do's" in season one of Girls.) Whether you're hosting a wedding or other event here, you will have to pay for catering and rentals separately. But if you're looking for a truly striking setting, it's hard to compete.The Foundry, 42-38 9th Street (between 43rd Avenue and Queens Plaza South); 718-786-7776.Photo: Via The Foundry. CovinaWithin the Park South Hotel lies a pretty little place called Covina. Part cafe, bar, and restaurant, this all-encompassing spot boasts a sleek event space. Modern with sharp rustic touches, Covina's private dining room is lined with long wooden tables and flanked with floor to ceiling wine cellars. In short, it's a lovely place for an all evening affair.Covina, Park South Hotel, 127 E. 27th Street (at Lexington Avenue); 212-204-0225.Photo: Via @covina_nyc. FedoraPerhaps you've heard of Fedora in the West Village? Maybe you've even dined there. But did you know that deeper down into this basement restaurant lies a secret, cavernous, and private event space? A room that vibes old-world wine cellar with found art, tables, and chairs. This spot is full on charm and quirky details, making it an ideal gem for any special occasion.Fedora, 239 West 4th Street (at Charles Street); 646-449-9336.Photo: Courtesy of Fedora. Weather Up TribecaThis sleek Tribeca bar meets rustic gourmet eatery hits many an NYC-venue high note: Hip specialty cocktails (e.g. the "Flamingo" or "Tequila Torchlight"), kick ass noshes (e.g. artichoke gratin and truffled cheese toast), and a "late night" happy hour (i.e. starting at 10p.m. on weeknights). The brass accents, mirrored walls, and tiled ceilings make for the warm, inviting, and chic space that your next successful soiree needs.Weather Up, 159 Duane Street (between Hudson Street and West Broadway); 212-766-3202.Photo: Via @infatuationphase_.Union FareUnion Fare hails as NYC's newest restaurant turned "gastrohall"— a large industrial space lit up with bright dangling bulbs and filled to the brim with eclectic eats. And with two private dining rooms large enough to host your closest 800 friends, UF is our rustic-chic pick for your next greater gathering.Union Fare, 6 E. 18th Street (between 5th Avenue and Broadway); 212-633-6003.Photo: Via @travvelers.Avenue NightclubSearching for a spot that's always down to get down? That's Avenue in NYC. The scene is industrialized Wild West meets spaceship disco and the crowd is constantly buzzing. Stop by for a night of dancing and stellar people watching — or just rent out the whole damn venue for your Western-70s-spaceship-themed party you've been looking to plan.Avenue Nightclub, 116 10th Avenue (at West 17th Street); 212- 337-0054.Photo: Via @avenueny.Il BastardoIl Bastardo is old-school Italian restaurant meets hot NYC nightclub (we're talking Beyoncé and Jay-Z dropping by for dinner hot). Reserve a table, or the whole joint, for a birthday dinner where you're looking to get a little #lit after the linguine (i.e. dancing on tables with sparklers and champagne) — or just stop by for an all-you-can-drink brunch during your weekend of choice. Who knows, maybe you'll catch Queen Bee enjoying her steak and eggs while the party's popping off.Il Bastardo, 191 7th Avenue (at West 21st Street); 212-675-5980.Photo: Via @ilbastardobrunchnyc.Graffiti Alley At Jue Lan ClubJue Lan Club may be known for its fabulous Chinese food — but the exclusive, bright, and buzzy Graffiti Alley is really where it's at. A hidden gem within the club, the Alley has been decorated by BK's most notable graffiti artists. So if you're looking for the place to throw your next speakeasy event with street-sleek flair, it's a safe bet to opt for a posh graffitied alleyway.Jue Lan Club, 49 W 20th Streets ( between 20th and 21st Streets);646- 524-7409.Photo: Courtesy of Jue Lan Club.VandalIf the provocative name of this joint doesn't entice you, then the buzz surrounding the flashy dishes and decor surely will. A prime parking spot in downtown Manhattan, this restaurant-lounge offers up globally inspired and inventive eats in an art-eclectic setting. The vibes are lively, the crowd is street sleek, and the DJ's tunes are always bumping.Vandal, 199 Bowery (between Rivington and Delancey); 212- 400-0199.Photo: Via @bettyxu401. JuneThis delightful wine bar, serving up small plates, and tucked cozily away on a street in Cobble Hill, is just the hip yet understated venue for your next bash.June's interior is speckled with small tables and an occasional swanky booth placed across from the long wooden bar. The quaint and narrow space is utilized well, and more than made up for with an airy outdoor deck and garden area.June BK, 231 Court Street (between Baltic and Warren Street) in Brooklyn; 917-909-0434.Photo Via: @junewinebk.GoldBarKnown for hosting some of the big city's swankiest get togethers, GoldBar should surely be on your party-booking hit list. The night club boasts a killer cocktail menu and a (you guessed it) gold interior, with a DJ always willing to spin some throwback hip hop tunes. The sparkling chandeliers dangling from the cavernous ceiling and metallic skulls lining the Renaissance art-hanging walls will make this an NYC night you won't likely mix in with the rest.GoldBar, 389 Broome Street (at Mulberry Street); 212-274-1568.Photo: Courtesy of GoldBar.The Pit at Sons of EssexWith a strong Gangs of New York feel, Sons of Essex offers up unique old-school bar vibes with killer food, music, and an attentive staff to boot. The ambiance is intimate and minimalist, yet still stylish (in an old world sort of way). Opt for an evening at the full bar and back restaurant, or pop down to the pit and get your inner Daniel Day Lewis on (handle bar mustache optional).Sons of Essex, 133 Essex Street (at Rivington Street); 212-674-7100.Photo: Courtesy of Sons of Essex.Sixty LESLocated in downtown Manhattan, Sixty LES is the perfect place to host any swanky affair. With a vibrant swimming pool and Warhol-themed art, it gives off some major retro-chic vibes. It's tip top dinning room and roof-top bar are also perfect places to move your party. So definitely pop on by to enjoy a night out or celebrate your next big bash.Sixty LES, 190 Allen Street (between East Houston and Stanton Street); 212- 460-5300.Photo: Courtesy of Sixty LES. Tijuana PicnicTijuana Picnic is a retro-chic Mexican eatery, turned downstairs bumping bar. Stop by this LES haunt for an inventive meal with many margaritas ( the Sassy Señorita, anyone?) — or follow the red glowing sign straight down into the basement, where a DJ spins and a disco ball sparkles.Large dinner parties and private events are bookable — so what're you waiting for? We'll see you on the floor.Tijuana Picnic, 151 Essex Street (at Stanton Street); 212-219-2000.Photo: Via @tijuanapicnicnyc. The Mulberry ProjectBehind an unmarked red door lies this underground speakeasy — the perfect spot for twenty-somethings looking to get in touch with their inner Sinatra. The Little Italy hideaway, known for its bespoke cocktails and eclectic NYC street art, is able to host seated dinners for groups of 40 and can hold 20 more for standing cocktail receptions.Want to take your party outside? An outdoor garden and patio, that can hold a group of 65 to 100, invites visitors to relax in the night air as they are transported back to prohibition era. Note: flapper dresses are not required.The Mulberry Project, 149 Mulberry Street (between Hester and Grand Street); 646-448-4536.Photo Via: Sixty LES Tiny's & The Bar UpstairsSet inside a two story Tribeca townhouse dating all the way back to 1810. Tiny's is not only a bar but also a delicious dining destination and charming event space to boot. Rent out the whole joint or just the top floor. The historical interior, kept fresh with playful decor updates, makes for a cozy and buzzy atmosphere.Tiny's & The Bar Upstairs, 135 W. Broadway (at Duane Street); 212-374-1135.Photo Via: Sixty LES Kings County DistilleryTucked away in the industrial Brooklyn Navy Yard, Kings County is way more than just a whiskey distillery. Set up a private group tasting and touring event within the historic former bank building — or just celebrate a special occasion over creative cocktails in their gatehouse turned back garden bar. This place has some serious hidden charm.Kings County Distillery, 299 Sands Street (at Navy Street); 347-689-4211.Photo Via: Sixty LES Events At Stone ParkLocated just next door to the beloved Park Slope cafe, Stone Park, this inviting space offers all the seasonal dining and ambiance of the restaurant in a private space. A backyard garden could be the ideal spot for an intimate wedding, with seating for up to 50 people. Looking to throw a more low-key, cocktail-heavy affair? Up to 75 guests can enjoy the space.Events At Stone Park, 324 Fifth Avenue (at 3rd Street); 718-369-0082.Photo Via: Sixty LES Sugar Factory American BrasserieYes, it’s for grown-ups, too. You can eat in the dining room or reserve the private dining room (accessed through the candy store) at this mecca for all things sugar. With drinks made of literally liquified lollipops, and a milkshake named after Barbie, this would be a great spot for the girliest bachelorette party ever.Sugar Factory American Brasserie, 46 Gansevoort Street (at Greenwich Street); 212-414-8700.Photo Via: Sixty LES Arlene’s GroceryAs one of the beloved hubs of the New York rock scene, this club is so iconic that Saturday Night Live has filmed cast members hanging out there in their opening montage. Bands are booked every night of the week, but you might not know that you can also host events in the private room. You’ll have a bar all to yourselves and even have the option of charging cover.Arlene’s Grocery, 95 Stanton Street (between Ludlow and Orchard Streets); 212-358-1633.Photo Via: Sixty LES Bushwick Country ClubYou might want to judge your friend group based on how they handle this place, with its layers and layers of hipster irony. It’s a dive bar named like the typical enclave of the wealthy, with a mini golf course in the back comprised of ripped pieces of turf. The broken furniture inside doesn’t fare much better, but there is a frozen-drink machine serving whiskey slushies. So just try not to think about it all too hard.Bushwick Country Club, 618 Grand Street (between Lorimer and Leonard Streets); 718-388-2114.Photo Via: Sixty LES The WoolyA place to party in the Financial District—yes, it’s possible! This speakeasy is hiding inside the landmark Woolworth Building (the old skyscraper with the pointy, aged-copper roof to you), and the feel is adorably funky. With two rooms, you can relax at the bar or tear up the little dance floor.The Wooly, 11 Barclay Street (between Church Street and Broadway); no phone.Photo Via: Sixty LES Up and Down It’s your party and you’ll make everyone get dressed up and hit a nightclub if you want to. You’ve got a serious scene on your hands at this place, but the two glossy levels have slightly different vibes. We prefer the one with the circa 2000 rap music.Up and Down, 244 W 14th Street (between Sixth and Seventh avenues); 212-242-4411.Photo Via: Sixty LES Franny’s It’s very farm friendly at Franny’s, where the food is local, sustainable, and organic. They even convert the kitchen grease to biodiesel fuel! The restaurant is a great place to dine on veggie-tastic pastas and pizzas, or you can use the cellar for private meals, from birthday dinners to weddings.Franny’s, 348 Flatbush Avenue (between Sterling Place and 8th Avenue), Park Slope; 718-230-0221.Photo Via: Sixty LES Cienfuegos Named after the Cuban resort city, this restaurant feels like an old Caribbean manse, with bold green walls and bright white furniture. The decor is enough to transport you, but the food is incredible. There’s an emphasis on rum drinks, naturally, and did we mention the guacamole with pork belly? Consider moving up your birthday drinks, so you can have the dinner here, too.Cienfuegos, 95 Avenue A (at 6th Street); (212) 614-6818.Photo Via: Sixty LES NoMad Hotel Rooftop Holy moly, is the NoMad Hotel beautiful. It’s decorated in rich velvets and warm leather, with jewel-tone colors and quirky art, and that special touch extends to the rooftop. You can sit with friends at tables divided by little grassy knolls, or rent the special event space — the latter makes for one epic dinner party.NoMad Hotel, 1170 Broadway (at 28th Street); 212-796-1500.Photo Via: Sixty LES Lavender LakePlanning a party doesn’t have to be a whole fuss. No matter what feel you’re going for, you can achieve it at Lavender Lake, a strikingly low-key gastropub with a fun backyard. Hang out, sip some beers, try the unreal brussels sprouts, feel that sunshine, and you’ll have such a great time you’ll forget you’re the hostess.Lavender Lake, 383 Carroll Street (at Bond Street), Brooklyn; 347-799-2154.Photo Via: Sixty LES Rainbow RoomOld New York is getting harder and harder to come by, but it’s alive and well at the top of 30 Rock. The iconic restaurant opened in the 1930s, and not much has changed. You can still get white linen tablecloths, a revolving dance floor, a glittering chandelier, and lovely views. You can stop in for brunch on Sundays, but every other night is reserved for special events — maybe yours should be one of them?Rainbow Room, 30 Rockefeller Plaza (between West 49th and 50th streets); 212-632-5000.Photo Via: Sixty LES Crown VictoriaIf the best present you can imagine for your birthday this year is all of your best friends day drinking under the sunshine, then Crown Victoria is your place. There is a bar, yes, but it’s really all about the outdoor space: a whopping 10,000-feet of it! There are picnic tables, colorful umbrellas, bocce courts, and more, which makes it really easy to meet people (or take over tables and only talk to your friends, if that’s more your speed).Crown Victoria, 60 South 2nd Street (between Kent and Wythe avenues), Brooklyn; 917-719-6072.Photo Via: Sixty LES The Penthouse at Hotel on RivingtonThere are rooftops, and then there's this Lower East Side hotel's penthouse: three stories of glass, all for you, if you want it enough. While the views are amazing during the day, surrounding yourself with 360 degrees of twinkling NYC lights is even better.Hotel on Rivington, 107 Rivington Street (between Ludlow and Essex streets); 212-475-2600.Photo Via: Sixty LES Gallow Green at The McKittrick Hotel By now you’ve probably heard of (or experienced) the theater experience Sleep No More, housed in the gothically gorgeous McKittrick Hotel. But what about its rooftop? Gallow Green is similarly theatrical, with draping vines creating a roof garden look, and you can hang out or host an event there.Gallow Green at The McKittrick Hotel, 542 West 27th Street (between Tenth and Eleventh avenues); 212-564-1662.Photo Via: Sixty LES 61 Local The expansive space of this pub, with its high ceilings, brick walls, and dangling bulbs, is unlike most NYC watering holes in that it allows you to hang out and actually breathe. Its beer-garden-esque feel, however, translates surprisingly well to private events, where the warm wood and quiet surroundings will make your party feel especially intimate.61 Local, 61 Bergen Street (between Boerum Place and Smith Street), Brooklyn; 718-875-1150.Photo Via: Sixty LES Barcade Here’s the natural upgrade from your dream birthday party in the third grade. There are tons of vintage arcade games, scores of beer options, and, most important, lots of space to run around — a rare and beautiful thing in this city. Why didn’t anyone think of this bar-and-arcade concept sooner? It’s the perfect setting for a fun, low-key night.Barcade, Multiple Locations.Photo Via: Sixty LES Bouley Botanical Ask your boss if your next client presentation (or deal-sealing meal) can be held at Bouley Botanical, a bright, airy space that accommodates 8 to 100 people for dinner and 150 for receptions. You can customize the space with LED lights, music, projectors, and more, though all those technical possibilities contrast with the look of the place. Plus, there are 400 species of plants in "vertical gardens" lining the windows, so take a nice, deep breath.Bouley Botanical, 281 Church Street (at White Street); 917-237-3205.Photo Via: Sixty LES Mondrian Soho Penthouse and Terrace The trademark Secret Garden –like entrance to the Mondrian Soho is mirrored on its leafy terrace, which offers spectacular views of the city. The minimalist penthouse, which opens onto the patio, lends itself to customized decor and can be booked for a private party, fancy meal, or even an intimate wedding.Mondrian Soho Penthouse and Terrace, 9 Crosby Street (between Grand and Howard streets); 212-389-1000.Photo Via: Sixty LES Tutu’s There are many reasons to love Tutu’s — its proud hangover-fighting brunch menu and its beer-and-burger happy-hour deal are just a few. The name of this spot comes from the Hawaiian word for grandmother, and this place indeed hugs you like a granny. It makes party-planning just as comforting, too, with a team that’ll help you personalize the space for any event, price point, or menu.Tutu’s, 25 Bogart Street (at Varet Street), Brooklyn; 718-456-7898.Photo Via: Sixty LES Wallflower The fact that there’s a cocktail named after Betty Draper on the menu tells you everything you need to know about this place. It’s elegant, old-fashioned (with decor like a speakeasy), and feminine in a completely charming way. The bar is the perfect place for girls’ night, with fancy seafood bites and creative drinks with unexpected touches like corn purée or lemon sorbet.Wallflower, 235 West 12th Street (between West 4th Street and Greenwich Avenue); No phone.Photo Via: Sixty LES Sheltering Sky at McCarren Hotel and Pool You might know that the best views of New York City come from outside Manhattan, and one place where you can catch such a glimpse is Sheltering Sky in Williamsburg. Watch the island, sparkling away, from the comfy couches at this rooftop bar, which overlooks McCarren Park. It shares a creative director with the Gramercy Hotel’s Rose Bar, so you can expect similarly chichi opulence.Sheltering Sky at McCarren Hotel and Pool, 160 North 12th Street (between Bedford Avenue and Berry Street); 718-218-7500.Photo Via: Sixty LES Bar Naná This spot is one of those places that made the Meatpacking District a "thing" not so long ago. And, as you would expect, the space is dark, slick, and chic, with a French-South American fusion reflected in the drinks and food. The bar is now open only for private events, so you don’t have to feel too bad about not getting in these days.Bar Naná, 63 Gansevoort Street (between Washington and Greenwich streets); No phone.Photo Via: Sixty LES Charlie Bird You can rent out the entirety of this slim little restaurant or, if your pockets aren’t incredibly well lined, take over the private dining room with 14 people or fewer. The neon lights and jazz theme will make you feel like the hippest host of all time. There are small and large plates, which are great for sharing, with an emphasis on seafood and Italian fare.Charlie Bird, 5 King Street (at Sixth Avenue); 212-235-7133.Photo Via: Sixty LES Brooklyn Winery You don’t have to get on a plane to tour a winery. Just hop on the L train. Visit the premises of this small-batch winery in Williamsburg to learn how the vino is made, and then chill out at the attached wine bar. You could make an afternoon of it or host an event here. If you pour the wine, they will come.Brooklyn Winery, 213 North 8th Street (between Driggs Avenue and Roebling Street); 347-763-1506.Photo Via: Sixty LES Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Reddit Flipped Out Over This Hilarious Letter To A Loud NeighborSee How The Royals Decorate For The Holidays At Buckingham PalaceThese DIY Stranger Things Lights Are Perfect For Halloween

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The Funniest Movie Quotes Of All Time

Photo: Moviestore/Rex/Shutterstock.We're all guilty of it. You see a comedy, spew popcorn all over the place laughing, and then spend the next several days repeating your favorite jokes to your friends. Days turn into weeks, and before long you've memorized every single line from Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. People who have never seen Anchorman, didn't find it all that clever, or would like to watch Anchorman without you talking over the actors may find this behavior particularly annoying.Haters gonna hate, but we totally feel you. Sometimes movie dialogue is so on point that it just has to be treasured, repeated, printed on T-shirts, and so forth. Some lines just sparkle. The serious, somber, important films may win all the awards, but a good poop joke can really stand the test of time.We'll be regularly updating this list with our favorite lines from films old and new. Read on for the rudest, the crudest, and raddest quotes Hollywood has given us."It's just a flesh wound."—The Black Knight (John Cleese) during a fight in Monty Python and the Holy Grail(1975)"What is this? A school for ants?"- Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller) in Zoolander (2001) after seeing a model of a school he's set to sponsor.Pictured: Ben StillerMelinda Sue Gordon/Paramount/Nvp/Red Hour/Village R'Show/REX/Shutterstock Waiter: "All right. What can I get you guys?" Shelley: "Instead of the mahi mahi, may I just get the one mahi because I’m not that hungry?"Waiter: "I'll ask."— Shelley Darlingson (Anna Faris), The House BunnyPictured: Anna FarisHappy Madison Productions/REX/Shutterstock “I would like to extend to you an invitation to the pants party.”— Brick Tamland (Steve Carell), AnchormanPictured: Paul Rudd, Will Ferrell, David Koechner, Steve CarellTed Striker: "Surely you can't be serious."Dr. Rumack: "I am serious... and don't call me Shirley."-Ted Striker (Robert Hays) and Dr. Rumack (Leslie Nielson) in Airplane (1980)Pictured: Julie Hagerty, Lorna Patterson, Peter Graves, and Leslie NielsonParamount Pictures/REX/Shutterstock"He does dress better than I do. What would I bring to the relationship?"— Cher (Alicia Silverstone), CluelessPictured: Justin Walker and Alicia SilverstonePhoto: Paramount/Rex/Shutterstock.Osgood: "You must be quite a girl."Daphne: "Wanna bet?"— Osgood (Joe E. Brown) and Daphne/Jerry (Jack Lemmon), Some Like It HotPictured: Jack Lemmon and Tony CurtisPhoto: SNAP/REX/Shutterstock.Charles: "How do you do. My name is Charles."Old man: "Don't be ridiculous, Charles died 20 years ago!"Charles: "Must be a different Charles, I think."Old man: "Are you telling me I don't know my own brother!"— Charles (Hugh Grant) and "Old Man" (Kenneth Griffith), Four Weddings and a FuneralPictured: Kristin Scott Thomas and Hugh GrantPhoto: Polygram/Channel 4/Working Title/REX/Shutterstock."I'm more than the exalted ruler of this land and master of all I survey.I'm also a concerned dad."-King Jaffe Joffer (James Earl Jones), Coming to AmericaPictured: James Earl Jones (center) with Sheila Johnson, Madge Sinclair, and Paul BatesPhoto: Paramount/Rex/Shutterstock.DS Andy Wainwright: "You do know there are more guns in the country than there are in the city."DS Andy Cartwright: "Everyone and their mums is packin' round here!"Nicholas Angel: "Like who?"DS Andy Wainwright: "Farmers."Nicholas Angel: "Who else?"DS Andy Cartwright: "Farmers' mums."-The Andys (Rafe Spall and Paddy Considine) and Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg), Hot FuzzPictured: Nick Frost and Simon PeggPhoto: Focus Features/Rex/Shutterstock.Suzanne: "Ma, I'm middle-aged."Doris: "Dear, I'm middle-aged."Suzanne: "Really. And how many 120-year-old women do you know?"-Suzanne (Meryl Streep) and Doris (Shirley MacLaine), Postcards from the EdgePictured: Streep and MacLainePhoto: Columbia/Rex/Shutterstock.Andrew: "What do you need a fake I.D. for?"Brian: "So I can vote."-Andrew (Emilio Estevez) and Brian (Anthony Michael Hall), The Breakfast ClubPictured: Anthony Michael HallPhoto: Universal/REX/Shutterstock."This is just like when I watched myself in a sex tape. There was just a lot of floundering and laughable moments."-Nancy (Miranda Hart), SpyPictured: Melissa McCarthy and Miranda HartPhoto: Larry D Horricks/20th Century Fox/REX/Shutterstock."Americans really have shown themselves to be a nation of ingrates; only by having children can we begin to understand such dynamic."-Lady Susan (Kate Beckinsale), Love & FriendshipPictured: Kate BeckinsalePhoto: Moviestore/REX/Shutterstock."My ex-husband described it as watching his favorite pub burn down.”-Dr. Rawling (Emma Thompson) on childbirth, Bridget Jones's BabyPictured: Renée Zellweger as BridgetPhoto: MovieStore Collection/Rex/Shutterstock.Jess: "'Baby talk'? That's not a saying."Harry Burns: "Oh, but 'baby fish mouth' is sweeping the nation? I hear them talking."-Jess (Bruno Kirby) and Harry (Billy Crystal) playing Pictionary, When Harry Met SallyPictured: Meg Ryan and Billy CrystalPhoto: Moviestore Collection/Rex/Shutterstock."You're like a snack-sized Denzel."-Bob Stone (The Rock), Central IntelligencePictured: Kevin Hart and The RockPhoto: Moviestore Collection/REX/Shutterstock."Is that Tom Hanks from Cast Away?"-Robin (Rebel Wilson), referring to her friend's pubic hair, How to Be SinglePictured: Dakota Johnson and Rebel WilsonPhoto: Moviestore/Rex/Shutterstock."Looks are everything. You ever heard David Beckham speak? It's like he mouth-sexed a can of helium. Think Ryan Reynolds got this far on his superior acting method?" -Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds), DeadpoolPictured: Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson/DeadpoolPhoto: Moviestore/Rex/Shutterstock. "You're dizzy because you played Russian roulette with your vagina." -Nellie (Gaby Hoffmann), Obvious ChildPictured: Jenny Slate in Obvious ChildPhoto: Moviestore/Rex/Shutterstock."Take this quarter, go downtown, and have a rat gnaw that thing off your face! Good day to you, madam." -Buck Russell (John Candy), Uncle BuckPictured: John CandyPhoto: Moviestore Collection/REX/Shutterstock.Holland March: "Look on the bright side. Nobody got hurt."Jackson Healy: "People got hurt."Holland March: "I'm saying, I think they died quickly. So I don't think they got hurt."-Holland March (Ryan Gosling) and Jackson Healy (Russell Crowe), The Nice GuysPictured: Ryan Gosling and Russell CrowePhoto: Rex/Shutterstock."Anti-wrinkle cream there may be, but anti-fat-bastard cream there is not."-Dave (Mark Addy), The Full MontyPictured: Tom Wilkinson, Robert Carlyle, Steve Huison, Hugo Speer, Paul Barber, and Mark AddyPhoto: Moviestore/Rex/Shutterstock.Bumper: "I have a feeling we should kiss. Is that a good feeling or an incorrect feeling?"Fat Amy: "Well...sometimes I have the feeling I can do crystal meth, but then I think, mmm...better not."-Bumper (Adam DeVine) and Fat Amy (Rebel Wilson), Pitch PerfectPictured: Rebel WilsonPhoto: Moviestore/Rex/Shutterstock.Jules: "Pigs are filthy animals. I don't eat filthy animals."Vincent: "Bacon tastes gooood. Pork chops taste good."Jules: "Hey, sewer rat may taste like pumpkin pie, but I'd never know 'cause I wouldn't eat the filthy motherfucker. Pigs sleep and root in shit. That's a filthy animal. I ain't eat nothin' that ain't got sense enough to disregard its own feces."Vincent: "How about a dog? Dogs eats its own feces."Jules: "I don't eat dog either."Vincent: "Yeah, but do you consider a dog to be a filthy animal?"Jules: "I wouldn't go so far as to call a dog filthy but they're definitely dirty. But, a dog's got personality. Personality goes a long way."Vincent: "Ah, so by that rationale, if a pig had a better personality, he would cease to be a filthy animal. Is that true?"Jules: "Well we'd have to be talkin' about one charming motherfuckin' pig. I mean he'd have to be 10 times more charmin' than that Arnold on Green Acres, you know what I'm sayin'?"-Jules (Samuel L. Jackson) and Vincent (John Travolta), Pulp FictionPictured: Samuel L. JacksonPhoto: Snap/Rex/Shutterstock.Annie: "You read my diary?"Brynn: "At first I did not know it was your diary, I thought it was a very sad, handwritten book."-Annie (Kristen Wiig) and Brynn (Rebel Wilson), BridesmaidsPictured: Maya Rudolph and Kristen WiigPhoto: Moviestore Collection/REX/Shutterstock.Old Lady: "Are you prepared for Jehovah's return? 'Cause if you're not, we've got a pam..."[Craig slams the door in their faces.]Old Lady: "Well, fuck you. Half-dead motherfucker. Come on, sister."-Old Lady (LaWanda Page) and Craig (Ice Cube), FridayPictured: Chris Tucker and Ice CubePhoto: Moviestore Collection/Rex/Shutterstock.Del: "You play with your balls a lot."Neal: "I do NOT play with my balls."Del: "Larry Bird doesn't do as much ball-handling in one night as you do in an hour!"Neal: "Are you trying to start a fight?"Del: "No. I'm simply stating a fact. That's all. You fidget with your nuts a lot."Neal: "You know what'd make me happy?"Del: "Another couple of balls, and an extra set of fingers?"-Del (John Candy) and Neal (Steve Martin), Planes, Trains & AutomobilesPictured: Steve MartinPhoto: Moviestore Collection/Rex/Shutterstock.Ben Stone: "Do you want to do it doggie style?"Alison Scott: "You're not going to fuck me like a dog."Ben Stone: "It's doggie style. It's just the style. We don't have to go outside or anything."-Ben Stone (Seth Rogen) and Alison Scott (Katherine Heigl), Knocked UpPictured: Katherine Heigl and Seth RogenPhoto: Moviestore Collection/Rex/Shutterstock."We need a little less Forever 21 and a little more Suddenly 42."-Maura Ellis (Amy Poehler), SistersPictured: Amy Poehler and Tina FeyPhoto: Moviestore/Rex/Shutterstock."I'm sorry, do you have some prior commitment? Some hideous-skirt convention you have to go to?"-Emily (Emily Blunt), The Devil Wears PradaPictured: Anne Hathaway, Meryl Streep, and Emily BluntPhoto: Moviestore Collection/REX/Shutterstock.Like this post? There's more. Get tons of celebrity news, fun takes on pop culture, and trending stories on the Refinery29 Entertainment Facebook page. Like us on Facebook — we'll see you there!Like what you see? 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We Compared Aldi & Trader Joe's Prices To See Which Store Is Cheaper

By now, you've probably come across one or more of our many heartfelt odes to Trader Joe's. The nationwide grocery chain is a bargain shopper's dream — a dream that has been damn tough to displace by any of its competitors (do they really have any?) It's safe to say that for us, TJ's has been a long time OG savage in the food savings game; a king among pawns.That is, until we discovered Aldi — an equally cutthroat seller of steals in edible goods. And contrary to what many people believe, these two stores are NOT owned by the same parent company. According to Slate, what began as a unified grocery chain was later split into the two separate companies by former business partners and brothers, Karl and Theo Albrecht. Thus Aldi and TJ's — true cheap eats champions and competitors — were born.The major differences between the two stores? Well, Aldi encourages customers to bring their own bags (and will charge a fee for those who don't). Aldi also charges a refunded quarter for shopping cart use (full list of details here on why). And unlike TJ's, who carries both exclusive as well as discounted name-brand products, Aldi strictly carries brand exclusive items. And now to the most important question at hand: how do the prices compare?To answer this, we've rounded up 23 swappable products, ranging from prepackaged snacks to produce, that can be found on the shelves at both grocery chains. Click on to see how the products stack up, and which of the chains ends up with a cheaper overall grocery list. (*Note: Prices were calculated from what is posted online on the store's sites, so they may vary from region to region.)Trader Joe's Almond Milk$2.99Aldi's Almond Milk (Winner)$1.99Trader Joe's Salsa$1.69Aldi's Salsa (Tie — because of size difference)$1.89Trader Joe's Whole Wheat Penne Pasta$1.49Aldi's Whole Wheat Penne Pasta (Winner)$1.29Trader Joe's Greek Yogurt99¢ (per cup)Aldi's Greek Yogurt (Winner)69¢ (per cup)Trader Joe's Honey Goat Cheese$3.79Aldi's Honey Goat Cheese (Winner)$1.99Trader Joe's String Cheese$2.99 (per 12-pack)Aldi's String Cheese (Winner)$2.79 (per 12-pack)Trader Joe's Whole Wheat Bread$1.99Aldi's Whole Wheat Bread (Winner)$1.39Trader Joe's Pine Nut Hummus$3.99Aldi's Pine Nut Hummus (Winner)$1.99Trader Joe's Chocolate Chewy Granola Bars$2.29Aldi's Dark Chocolate Chewy Bars (Winner)$1.99Trader Joe's King Coconut Water$1.19Aldi's Coconut Water (Tie — because of size difference)$2.89Trader Joe's Wild Sockeye Salmon Fillets$10.99 per lbAldi's Wild Caught Pink Salmon Fillets (Winner)$3.79Trader Joe's Almond Butter$7.99Aldi's Almond Butter (Winner, but the TJ's jar contains more almond butter)$4.99Trader Joe's Arugula (Winner)$2.49Aldi's Arugula$2.49Aldi's Kale$3.49Trader Joe's Kale (Winner)$1.99Trader Joe's White Cheddar Corn Puffs$1.99Simply Nature's White Cheddar Puffs (Tie)$1.99Trader Joe's Mango Passion Granola Cereal$3.79Aldi's Tropical Mango Passion Granola Cereal (Winner)$3.49Trader Joe's Organic Virgin Coconut Oil$5.99Aldi's Coconut Oil (Winner, but the TJ's jar has 2 more oz.)$4.99Trader Joe's White Quinoa$3.49Aldi's Quinoa (Winner)$2.99Trader Joe's Walnut Pieces & Halves$7.49Aldi's Walnut Pieces & Halves (Winner)$4.99Trader Joe's Mini Almond Biscotti$3.99Aldi's Classic Almond Biscotti (Winner)$2.89Trader Joe's Triple Creme Brie Cheese$6.99Aldi's All Natural Brie Cheese (Winner)$2.99Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate Covered Caramels$3.99Aldi's Dark Chocolate Covered Sea Salt Caramels (Winner)$2.99Trader Joe's Pita Chips$1.99Aldi's Pita Chips (Tie)$1.99Final Score: $62.97 at Aldi and $86.57 at Trader Joe'sWinner: AldiUltimately Aldi won out in the price game (you'd save $23.60 on this entire 23 product shopping list). Despite the fact that each product only differed by a dollar or so, it starts to add up when you're doing a bigger grocery shop. Although, it might be argued that it's slightly more of a hassle to shop at Aldi given the bring-your-own bag and rentable shopping cart situation. That said, Aldi's nut and cheese prices were far superior to TJ's (leading to greater savings in the end). So, if you're looking to stock up in the proteins and dairy departments, Aldi's reigns supreme. But we'll still be sticking to calling TJ's the king of comfort. Plus, there are a few Trader Joe's brand exclusive items we just couldn't imagine giving up.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Target Is Changing It's Layout & It's Good News For Grocery ShoppersIna Garten Just Announced She's Filming A New Series — Here's What We KnowGadget Or Gimmick: Triple-Tier Cooling Rack

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Julianne Hough Wants Selena Gomez To Help Her With Her Wedding Music

Julianne Hough is going to great lengths to hire her favorite musician to play at her upcoming wedding to NHL star Brooks Laich — and it involves Selena Gomez.Here's the thing: It's not Gomez who the bride-to-be wants to book. It's her recent collaborator, DJ Kygo. Gomez worked with the Norwegian DJ and house music producer on his new single "It Ain't Me," which he dropped in February.Kygo, whose other hits include "Firestone" and "Stay," also happens to be Hough's top pick for her wedding reception. The Dancing with the Stars champ told Entertainment Tonight that Gomez might be her inside track."I’m going to pull out all the favors," the 28-year-old dancer and actress said, adding that she planned to ask Gomez to "pull some strings."Are they even friends? Doesn't Kygo have an agent she can call? And didn't Hough used to have a country music singing career? We're surprised she's not going the Nashville route.Hough, who got engaged to Laich in August 2015 after about a year of dating, told ET that she wants her wedding guests to be in full-on party mode."There’s going to be a lot of dancing," she teased. "There’s [going to be] no speeches. We’re just gonna dance from like, 10 to 10."Though she recently celebrated her bachelorette party with pals like Nina Dobrev, Cindy Crawford, and Kris Jenner, Hough's actual wedding still seems pretty far off. She admitted she still hasn't found a wedding dress."Fortunately, we still have some time," she said. "So we’re good."She added that she and Laich are " just excited to get married and and have all of our closest friends with us on that day." If DJ Kygo happens to be soundtracking Derek Hough's inevitable wedding reception dance medley, all the better.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Watch Adele's Heartfelt Tribute To The London Terror Attack VictimsJohn Mayer On Katy Perry Breakup & "Thoughtfully Entering Cannabis Life"Who Are These Taylor Swift Songs Really About?

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The Hills' Jason Wahler Celebrated His Sobriety By Posting His Old DUI Mugshot

Here's a before-and-after you won't soon forget.Jason Wahler, former star of Laguna Beach and The Hills, celebrated his sobriety yesterday by sharing an old mugshot alongside a current, much more joyful photo of himself on Instagram. Before and After! A post shared by Jason Wahler (@jasonwahler) on Mar 23, 2017 at 11:58am PDT //platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.jsLauren Conrad's famous ex is holding a water bottle in the "after" shot. The post, which promotes the work of the National Addiction Foundation, also features the quote, "You will never know how good it all is until you get sober."The 30-year-old former reality star's new lifestyle would appear to be a testament to that. Wahler married hairdresser Ashley Slack in 2013, and the couple are now expecting their first child, a baby girl.That's a stark contrast to just a few years ago, when he was struggling with alcoholism, which he has blamed for ruining his relationship with Conrad. Wahler, who appeared on C elebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew in 2010, was also arrested on drinking-related charges, including a DUI and taking part in a drunken brawl, at least six times."I became a totally different person active in my addiction versus when I'm sober and living life in recovery," he told Entertainment Tonight last May. "It's a totally different mentality and thought process. The way my brain operates, it's completely different."He also revealed that his addiction, which included cocaine use, left him wanting to end his life."My addiction drove me to suicide," he shared. "Not contemplation — actually attempting suicide — and somebody found me and that's why I'm still here today. I'm very grateful for that."How that all kind of lined up, obviously, somebody up above wanted me here for a reason and I'm very happy that I did not check out," he added. "It's crazy to look at where things are. I never would have guessed six years ago, I would be working in recovery, substance abuse, and mental health, considering I was paid to party. That was the last thing I thought was going to happen."Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Kristen Bell & Dax Shepard Had A Hilarious Date Night At HamiltonChrissy Teigen & Her Mom Booze It Up In New CommercialAmy Schumer Has An Awkward Sex Story To Share

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Kristen Bell & Dax Shepard Had A Hilarious Date Night At Hamilton

What's more entertaining: Watching Hamilton, or watching Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard watch Hamilton? (Okay, it's obviously the first one, but, seriously, we love these guys. Never break up.)The hilarious couple went to see Lin-Manuel Miranda's Broadway hit on a special date night this week, and, true to form, they documented it all. Also true to form: Bell cried, while Shepard cracked jokes.Bell's excitement was palpable as she shared a quick video of them waiting for the Tony-winning musical to start."We're here at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, in our seats," the Frozen star told fans. "I've got chocolate-covered blueberries and the cutest man in town.""Where, where?" Shepard joked as he munched on chocolate. "Brad Pitt's here?" Mommy and Daddy's night out!!!! #hamilton the musical is gonna bring the party! My excitement cannot be contained and full disclosure I cried during the opening number. A post shared by kristen bell (@kristenanniebell) on Mar 22, 2017 at 6:26pm PDT "Mommy and Daddy's night out!!!!" the mom of two daughters added in her Instagram caption. "#hamilton the musical is gonna bring the party! My excitement cannot be contained and full disclosure I cried during the opening number."Of course she did. But what did Shepard think? Glad you asked. Here's an intermission review from @daxshepard- who, hates all musicals and loved this one. I was moved to tears 5 different times. My ❤️ was singing the whole time. Every single performer was perfection. The band was divine. BRAVO to every hand involved. Thank you @lin_manuel for all energy it took to bring this story to stage. #hamilton #hamiltoe A post shared by kristen bell (@kristenanniebell) on Mar 22, 2017 at 9:24pm PDT "Here's an intermission review from @daxshepard, who hates all musicals and loved this one," Bell posted halfway through the show. "I was moved to tears 5 different times. My [heart] was singing the whole time. Every single performer was perfection. The band was divine. BRAVO to every hand involved. Thank you @lin_manuel for all energy it took to bring this story to stage."The video shows her asking her husband what he thinks of the show so far."I wish there was more singing," the CHiPS star quipped.“And what would your alternative title to the show be?” she asked.“ Hamiltoe, because of the outfits," he replied.Alas, at that moment the lights dimmed, and now we may never be privy to Shepard's stash of Aaron Burr jokes. We're sure they're witty AF.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?The Hills' Jason Wahler Celebrated His Sobriety By Posting His Old DUI MugshotChrissy Teigen & Her Mom Booze It Up In New CommercialAmy Schumer Has An Awkward Sex Story To Share

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Chrissy Teigen & Her Mom Booze It Up In New Commercial

Chrissy Teigen 's mom is finally getting the moment in the sun she deserves. (Fingers crossed a reality show isn't far behind.)Vilailuck "Pepper" Teigen, a Thai-born cooking aficionado who has popped up in many of her famous daughter's Instagrams, has nabbed a role in a new ad for Smirnoff Vodka alongside Chrissy. Needless to say, she's a little excited.My commercial debut @SmirnoffUS 🙊🤗🤗 pic.twitter.com/hPnLL0UbZ0— Vilailuck (@Pepperthai2) March 24, 2017 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsVilailuck, who is grandma to little Luna Legend, shared her "commercial debut" for the vodka brand on Twitter yesterday. After earning raves, she jokingly (or not) asked, "Should I be looking for a manager or something?" YES.The video shared actually appears to be a series of outtakes, with Chrissy botching her lines, dropping some f-bombs, going to town on a burrito, and getting increasingly boozy as the camera rolls. She also jokes that her mother is trying to get more lines."Say 'Aw, hell yeah,'" she instructs her more sober mother."Aw, hell yeah,'" Vilailuck responds, adding, "Chrissy, you're so smooth." Honestly, this is the best thing we've ever seen. We may never fast-forward through a commercial again.Chrissy explained the commercial deal in an Instagram post. Guys. It’s official. I’m in a relationship with @SmirnoffUS! I could have gone for a fancy vodka, but I didn't. I chose one that keeps it real instead. Smirnoff is actually a really great tasting vodka, and they aren't afraid to be a little unfancy sometimes. Samesies. Take a peek behind the scenes with me and my mom @pepperthai2!! A post shared by chrissy teigen (@chrissyteigen) on Mar 23, 2017 at 5:33pm PDT //platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js"Guys. It’s official. I’m in a relationship with @SmirnoffUS!" the model and TV personality shared. "I could have gone for a fancy vodka, but I didn't. I chose one that keeps it real instead. Smirnoff is actually a really great-tasting vodka, and they aren't afraid to be a little unfancy sometimes. Samesies. Take a peek behind the scenes with me and my mom @pepperthai2!!"She also seemed amused by Mama Teigen's brush with fame."Warning: Mom hasn't been the same since. She is quite cocky now," she joked to her Twitter followers.warning: mom hasn't been the same since. she is quite cocky now. https://t.co/3wSVQLccEn— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) March 24, 2017 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsNobody seems to mind. Everyone's eating it up."I would totally want to drink with your mom," tweeted one fan. "She seems awesome!""I instantly followed your mom," wrote another. "Just gonna help inflate her ego. Apologies in advance.""Watch out Chrissy, she's comin for ya!" read another tweet.Seriously: Pepper for President.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?The Hills' Jason Wahler Celebrated His Sobriety By Posting His Old DUI MugshotKristen Bell & Dax Shepard Had A Hilarious Date Night At HamiltonAmy Schumer Has An Awkward Sex Story To Share

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Get A First Look At Topshop's (Brand-New!) Bridal Collection

When news broke that Topshop was launching a bridal collection, we appropriately freaked out. And while we expected the collection would be good, according to the first-ever images of the offering, released today, the fast-fashion retailer has (unsurprisingly) exceeded expectations. Available online and in select stores starting Thursday, April 13, the Topshop's array of wedding dresses moves away from traditional formality, offering more care-free, less "bridal" styles. In other words, it's designed with the modern bride in mind.Comprised of five limited-edition dresses, starting at $650, the assortment of versatile silhouettes includes strapless, tie-shoulder, and Bardot, all finished with some variety of tiered layers, peplums, and sweeping trains. Each option offers a close attention to detail, with bias-cut satin, floral appliqués in silk organza, draped lace, and fine tulle present throughout.Topshop Cutwork Lace Bardot Brides Dress, available at Topshop.Topshop Tulle Midi Prom Brides Dress, available at Topshop.Topshop Tie Shoulder Maxi Brides Dress, available at Topshop.The bridal collection will also offer a selection of 25 bridesmaid dresses, priced at $160 and beyond, with feature soft cold-shoulder gowns with ruffles, cowl-tie satin slips, and cape-sleeved maxi dresses, available in an array of muted pastels and pretty floral prints. Also offered is a carefully edited selection of shoes (all under-$100!), hair accessories, and lingerie, rounding out all one could ever want for their "big day."Topshop Asymmetric Hem Blue Slip Bridesmaid Dress, available at Topshop.Topshop Ombre Crinkle Blue Bridesmaid Dress, available at Topshop.Topshop Soft Ruffle Cold Shoulder Bridesmaid Dress, available at Topshop.As wedding season looms, we're pretty damn excited about (and, let's be honest, grateful for) a a selection of bride and bridesmaid dresses that aren't just reasonably priced, but pretty damn cool, too. Here's to options we can wear beyond the aisle.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Here's Khloé Kardashian's Pick For Most Empowering Color12 Reasons Metallic Should Be Your New NeutralThese 20 Pairs Of Glittery Shoes Are So Mesmerizing

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