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I spent 4 days in a mid-size city that's been called the best place for millennials to live in the US, and I found a major downside of living there

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I recently took a trip to Boise, Idaho, for Business Insider.

My mission was to figure out why this mid-size Western city of 229,000 people was having such a moment. In 2019, Boise was named the best place for millennials to live in the US by Livability and the best place in the country to buy a home by WalletHub, and people are practically tripping over themselves to move there. Boise saw an 18.2% population jump from 2010 to 2018 — and it was the fastest-growing city in the country between 2017 and 2018, according to Forbes.

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What I found in Boise was a city with a dynamic downtown, a flourishing coffee scene, and a friendly, laid-back vibe. For millennials coming from large, expensive cities, Boise offers a better quality of life and dramatically lower living costs. Boise and other mid-size cities like Portland, Oregon and Charlotte, North Carolina, are booming as millennials move away from bigger cities like San Francisco and New York City because of skyrocketing housing costs, as Business Insider's Hillary Hoffower recently reported.

Boise's safety, affordability, and burgeoning tech and creative scenes make it attractive to young families and individuals, according to Livability.

But for all its appeal, Boise has one major drawback that might make some big-city dwellers think twice about moving there: Its public transportation is severely lacking.

Boise's buses only come once every 30 minutes, stop running after 7 p.m., and there's no light rail or metro system

The Boise metro area has 25 bus routesbut most buses only come every 30 minutes at best and stop running after about 7 p.m. Boise once had a passenger railway that connected it to nearby cities such as Caldwell, Nampa, and Meridian, but it hasn't been in service since 1928. Downtown, I spotted several e-scooters from companies like Bird and Lime, but unless you live and work downtown, you're probably not using those to commute to work.

During my stay in Boise, I stayed at a riverfront hotel northwest of downtown. To get downtown from my hotel, it was a 34-minute walk along the river — or a 32-minute bus ride. If I took the bus, I'd only save two minutes of travel time, I'd still have to walk more than 20 minutes to and from the stops, and I'd have to make sure to get to the stop at the exact right time or risk having to wait half an hour for the next bus.

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Improving public transit was a major issue in the city's recent mayoral election. Former longtime mayor Dave Bieter pushed for funding for a light rail system in Boise, and improving the existing bus system and exploring the potential for rail transport in the area was central to newly elected mayor Lauren McLean's campaign.

But Idaho is one of only two states that doesn't offer state funding for public transportation, according to former mayor Bieter, making getting funding for expansion and improvements difficult.

Millennials accustomed to extensive public transport systems are moving away from big cities, but they don't like driving

Surveys have shown that public transportation is a major factor when millennials are deciding where to live, and they don't enjoy driving as much as their baby boomer parents do. 

As a city-dwelling millennial myself, I'm thrilled that I have no need to drive in New York City thanks to the comprehensive subway and bus system that runs 24 hours a day. So while Boise may seem like an ideal place to relocate for millennials fed up with stressful and expensive big city life, they may find themselves missing San Francisco's extensive network of light rail trains, buses, and streetcars, or Seattle's efficient bus system.

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Many longtime Boise residents, however, don't care about their city's attractiveness to millennials from California and Washington — they'd simply like people to stop moving there altogether.

While those migrating from cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle may find Boise to be a cheap place to live, the city's growth hasn't been as friendly to some longtime residents, who struggle not only with limited public transportation but also fast-growing living costs.

Lauren McLean, Boise's newly elected mayor, told me it's becoming more and more difficult for people to buy a home and live in Boise "because of the increased cost of living, the lack of good transportation that moves people from home to work, and lack of houses whose prices are actually in line with our wages here."

Still, Boise prices are low compared to the Western coastal cities many of its transplants are moving from. The median home price in Boise is $349,900, less than half of the median prices in Seattle and in Los Angeles and a fraction of San Francisco's astronomical $1.325 million median listing price.

But for millennial city dwellers accustomed to getting wherever they need to go easily and without a car, Boise's lacking public transit might be a rude awakening. 

SEE ALSO: I talked to 3 millennials who gave up big-city lives in California to save money and find a better work-life balance in Boise — here's how they feel about adjusting to small-town life

DON'T MISS: 4 days in the fastest-growing city in America: Microbreweries, millennial transplants — and locals who are already afraid of getting priced out

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A private island in the Maldives was just named the world's most romantic resort for the 7th year in a row. Here's a look inside the resort.

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Baros Maldives

Baros Maldives, an ultra-luxe retreat in the Indian Ocean, has been named the world's most romantic resort for the seventh year in a row — and it's not hard to see why.

Guests at the resort can choose from 75 villas, each of which comes with a private deck, beach sun loungers, an in-villa bar, deluxe bathrobes and slippers, yoga mats, a pillow menu, an outdoor rain shower, Wi-Fi, and a TV with a surround-sound system. Many have their own private pools.

There are multiple fine dining options to indulge in, as well as adventurous boat and sea excursions, a spa, and traditional Maldivian vow renewal ceremonies.

The Maldives has long been a high-end resort destination. Kudadoo, a solar-powered, adults-only resort in the Maldives, was named the world's best new luxury resort in 2019.

Here's a look at Baros Maldives, the most romantic resort in the world.

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DON'T MISS: Inside the world's largest underwater restaurant, which has a 36-foot window that looks right out into the seabed so guests can watch marine life swim by as they eat

Baros Maldives, a luxury retreat on an island in the Indian Ocean, has won the "World's Most Romantic Resort" award for the seventh year in a row.

Source: World Travel Awards, Baros Maldives



Baros opened more than 44 years ago, making it one of the first resorts to open in the Maldives.

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To get there, guests take a 25-minute speedboat ride from the Maldives' international airport.

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The resort offers different types of villas ...

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... all of which come with a private deck, beach sun loungers, an in-villa bar, bathrobes and slippers, yoga mats, a pillow menu, an outdoor rain shower, Wi-Fi, and a TV with a surround-sound system.

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Guests can choose from several different types of villas, starting with one of the 24 Deluxe Villas, which offer 958 square feet of living space ...

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... and open-air bathrooms. Rates for Deluxe Villas start at about $863 per night for two people in the high season.

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Then there are the 1,442-square-foot Pool Villas ...

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... with their spacious soaking tubs and outdoor rain showers.

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They come with a private pool, a canopied daybed, and sun loungers on the private deck.

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The two newly-built Baros Suites are some of the most exclusive suites at the resort, with rates running around $2,086 per night during the high season.

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Each one includes a king-size bed, a day couch, and a book nook, as well as a suite-assigned butler on call 24/7.

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Each suite also comes with its own private infinity swimming pool and both a hot and cold Jacuzzi. Couples who stay in a Baros Suite receive a private transfer to and from the resort by luxury yacht and a bottle of Champagne on arrival.

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Then there's the ultra-luxe Baros Residence, the most private and secluded of the villas.

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Its 2,885 square feet of living space includes a separate bedroom and living room, as well as an expansive bathroom with designer toiletries.

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And it comes with its own private infinity pool. Rates for the Baros Residence can go up to $3,264 per night.

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The resort offers plenty of romantic dining and drinking options.

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Guests can enjoy a gourmet meal at the Piano Deck prepared by a private chef.

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The Lighthouse Restaurant sits out in the lagoon and offers a variety of seafood dishes.

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A sandy trail leads to Sails Bar, which offers drinks like mojitos ($15), classic Manhattan cocktails ($14), or a "smoking cocktail" that combines tobacco mixes and fruit cocktails ($48-$161).

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Its lounge area blurs the line between beach and bar.

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The Lime Restaurant serves seafood and Maldivian curries along with snacks, salads, pizzas, and sandwiches.

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And if those options aren't enough, guests can also opt for a secluded beach picnic.

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The Baros Maldives spa has four private spa suites for couples treatments.

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A steam bath and outdoor relaxation area with bathtub and rainfall shower in a tropical garden is included with every suite.

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Spa services range from manicures ($95) and pedicures ($115) to full-body mud wraps ($205) and 12 different types of massages ($175-$215).

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Resort guests can embark on various boat excursions, from a romantic cruise on the resort's luxury yacht, Serenity ...

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... to a sailing expedition on the Nooma, a traditional Maldivian sailing vessel.

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Adventurous guests can go diving ...

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... and paddling the clear blue waters in a translucent canoe.

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Baros also offers private vow renewal ceremonies by the sea, complete with a traditional Maldivian Bodu Beru dance procession, a traditional sarong for the bride and Baros polo shirt for the groom, a wedding cake, a memorial palm tree planting, and more.

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The best women's workout clothes

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  • With the right clothes, you'll actually want to get to the gym and show off your style before meeting friends for a much-deserved drink afterward.
  • Sweaty Betty makes our favorite workout gear for women that's as functional as it is fashion-forward.

Faking it until you make it becomes a lot easier when you look the part. So when it comes to feigning enjoyment at the gym, you're going to need some gear to get yourself in character. Luckily, there are plenty of options these days to help you look as though you're ready for the toughest kickboxing session, because who better to motivate you than the person staring back at you in the mirror?

One of our favorite aspects of today's workout gear for women is that it's no longer relegated to the spinning studio or the weight room. Rather, some of our favorite options will take you from barre class to the neighborhood bar, and have the technology to ensure that you don't have to worry about sweat stains or smells when you make that transition. With moisture-wicking fabric, cleverly-placed mesh panels, and thoughtful cut-outs, much of today's athletic clothing is truly meant for athletic pursuits. It's a far cry from our days of grabbing the oldest shirt in our closet, cutting off the sleeves, and calling it a top.

When it comes to figuring out what workout gear will best suit your needs, listen to your body. After all, it'll be your primary tool during your workouts, so if you're uncomfortable in any way, everything else is moot. You'll also want to consider the type of workout you're most likely to engage in. If you prefer running to yoga, you'll be in need of different support.

You'll also want to keep durability in mind. You're not only putting your workout gear through the ringer at the gym, but you're also going to be putting it through the laundry quite a few times. So even if you're able to save a few dollars on the initial purpose by buying something that's a bit flimsier, you'll have to exercise your credit card again when you find your gear starting to rip after a few cycles.

Finally, of course, price comes into consideration. Given that most workout gear doubles as everyday attire these days, you can (to some extent) think of these pieces as serving two purposes for the price of one. That said, there are some options that are more costly than others, so your budget may be a determining factor. 

Here are the best workout clothes for women in 2019:

  • Best workout clothes overall: Sweaty Betty
  • Best workout clothes from a fitness company: Nike
  • Best affordable workout clothes: Old Navy
  • Best beachy workout clothes: Vuori
  • Best comfortable workout clothes: Bandier
  • Best workout clothes that you can wear all day: ADAY
  • Best high-end workout clothes: Live the Process

Updated on 1/2/2020 by Caitlin Petreycik: Updated prices and formatting. Added related guides.

The best workout clothes overall

Sweaty Betty makes workout gear that can withstand a tough time at the gym and take you out into society without breaking a sweat.

Much of today's workout gear seems so focused on taking you seamlessly from barre to the bar that it forgets its primary function — being functional during your workout. But that is certainly not the case with Sweaty Betty.

As this brand's name suggests, you'll be able to perspire in these workout clothes without getting uncomfortable, and more importantly, you'll feel supported throughout your time at the gym.

Sweaty Betty's Zero Gravity leggings are made of ultra-lightweight Italian fabric, which is both sweat-wicking and quick drying for even your most intense sessions. Plus, the leggings are muscle-compressing to help you get even more out of your workout. They're great for just about any type of exercise, whether you prefer to spend your time spinning or doing a HIIT class.

And while all those squats will certainly help shape your bum, so too will these leggings. A super satisfied customer gave a five-star review, commending the "very flattering" print and the pocket that is perfect for holding your smartphone during your run.

When paired with the High-Intensity Run Bra, you'll feel prepared to spend your whole day actively. The high support sports bra features sweat-wicking fabric, and more importantly, extremely comfortable soft padded straps that won't bite into sensitive skin. While some "sports" bras seem suitable only for rather anaerobic activities, the High Intensity Run Bra was designed for running and HIIT workouts. Popsugar also calls this bra one of the best for women with larger busts.

Both pieces are sleek and stylish but don't sacrifice their usefulness for the sake of aesthetics. Sweaty Betty also makes our favorite running tights for the gym and many other great leggings and sports bras.

Pros: Quick drying material, snug fit, great for any type of workout

Cons: Some customers found that the High Intensity Run Bra does not provide enough side coverage



The best affordable workout gear

Old Navy has excellent, affordable workout gear that performs just as well as pricier brands' sportswear.

Not everyone wants to spend hundreds on workout gear, so if you're on a budget or you just don't fancy spending that much on gym clothes, check out Old Navy's activewear collection.

You can get a decent sports bra for $12 to $30, depending on the level of support you need, and we've found their running tights to be great, budget-friendly options as well. 

Old Navy also has numerous shirts, leggings, jackets, and more to complete your gym look. Although the gear may not be as long-lasting or high-end as our other picks, it'll serve you well in the gym.

Pros: Affordable, many styles, comfortable, good for workouts

Cons: Not as long-lasting as pricier brands' gear



The best workout gear from a traditional sportswear company

Nike is probably the first brand you think of when it comes to sportswear because its gear is just that good.

Nike offers a wide selection of workout gear, including our favorite running tights overall. Top athletes in just about any sport use Nike gear during practice and at the game. Although we can't all be Serena Williams, we can at least dress like her when we work out.

When it comes to tights, we like Nike's Epic Lux line best because they're designed to feel good, provide support, and offer complete coverage.

The biggest difference between the Epic Lux tights and other Nike tights lies in the fabric. The Epic Lux running tights contain more spandex, allowing for a more comfortable and supportive fit. Along with a higher quality mix of synthetic fabrics, these tights contain moisture-wicking Dri-FIT technology to help you stay cool and dry even during those super sweaty workouts.

We're also fond of Nike's many different sports bras, which are known for moisture wicking and great support. No matter what piece of workout gear you need, Nike probably has it.

Pros: Made for professional athletes, long history of sportswear, moisture-wicking tech, cool designs

Cons: Expensive



The best workout gear for adventures outdoors

If you're looking to work out outside, you can't go wrong with Vuori.

Headquartered in Encinitas, just a quick jog away from the beach, it's no surprise that Vuori derives its inspiration from the Californian lifestyle of sun and surf. And with clothing that is truly made for the outdoors, you'll have no problem going from your morning yoga session on the beach to an afternoon surf appointment, and everything in between.

Founded by former Dolce & Gabanna model Joe Kudia, it's no wonder that Vuori certainly has its design cues down pat. Take, for example, the Madeleine Sports Bra, which looks more like a sleek crop top than something you'd wear on a run. Luckily, you can do both with this comfortable piece, which comes in a flattering eggplant or heather grey shade.

Quick-drying and moisture-wicking, the Madeleine Sports Bra features a classic crew cut, with a back that looks just as stylish as the front. My favorite thing about the bra is that it extends quite a bit below the bust, which makes it perfect for a shirtless run or yoga practice.

You can pair the bra with the Performance Jogger, made of a light-weight moss jersey fabric that is breathable, moisture wicking, quick drying, and four-way stretching for the ultimate in flexibility. There's a tiny pocket in the inside of the waistband that you can use to secure your phone, credit card, or keys during a workout, although to be perfectly honest, you'll probably do a lot more than just exercise in these joggers.

The easy styling of Vuori is part of what sets the brand apart. While its clothes are meant to sweat in, they're also meant to easily transition into the rest of your life as well. As Kudia told Apparel News, "In coastal California, people are going to yoga in the morning, surfing in the afternoon and then meeting friends. [Vuori] is aspirational coastal California performance clothing."

Pros: Soft, moisture-wicking material, easy transition from the gym to everyday life, simple and minimal design

Cons: Some reviewers note that the joggers may not be flattering due to the elastic waistband



The best comfortable workout gear

If you're tired of the same polyester-y, spandex-y feel of most workout clothes, We Over Me from Bandier is the brand for you. 

You may think of Bandier as a purveyor of other brands' products, but with We Over Me, the online retailer breaks that pattern. As the company's first foray into creating proprietary products, We Over Me is a seasonless line that is as versatile as it is comfortable. And boy, is it comfortable.

The moss-finish fabric feels nothing like the athletic wear that you're accustomed to, and instead feels like clothing that you'll want to wear day in and day out. And while We Over Me clothing is meant for low-impact activities like yoga and pilates, it's also perfectly appropriate for sweaty sessions.

The in-house line draws from Bandier's experience as a purveyor of plenty of third-party products. "There have been times when the team recognizes an opportunity or a trend, but the product isn't available to support it," said BANDIER founder, Jennifer Bandier. "While we carry over 40 brands, it has become clear that certain fabrics, silhouettes and styles are still missing from the market." And now, We Over Me is here to fill that gap.

I'm a big fan of the WIP Crop Top, a high-neck crop that looks like it could go just as well atop a fashionable boho skirt as it could atop a pair of workout leggings. It features built-in support that's appropriate for yoga or barre (though you probably don't want to go on a sprint in this alone).

As for bottoms, check out the Synergy Leggings, with a high-rise waistline and a ⅞ length. Thanks to asymmetrical color blocking, you'll look long and lean, and feel that way too as the moss-finish fabric cinches in all the relevant bits.

If you'd rather something that a little less form-fitting, you might consider the Zen Jogger. With a drawstring waistband and front pockets, it's as comfortable as it is functional. The tailored crop is meant to hit just above your ankle, but if you're a smaller gal like me, you'll likely find that these joggers run a bit longer (not that that's a problem).

Fast Company calls the line "comfy as hell," and also points out that the line is much more inclusive in terms of sizing when compared to other activewear offerings. Whether you're an XS or XXL, We Over Me has you covered. 

Pros: Super soft fabric, perfect for yoga, easy to wear in just about any situation or season

Cons: If you're looking for clothes for a HIIT session, this may not be for you



The best workout gear for the ethical yogi

Live the Process' workout gear is not only comfortable, but it's eco-friendly, too.

Live the Process produces simple, beautiful clothes that just might kickstart your entire wellness journey. Founded by a certified yoga instructor, Live the Process isn't so much a clothing store as it is a wellness brand.

Despite its relatively new status on the scene (it launched just a few years ago in 2014), it's already a mainstay in a number of retailers across the country (and the web), including Ssense and Net-a-Porter.

All of Live the Process' pieces are ethically produced in the United States, and the company promises to employ careful practices throughout the supply chain to reduce its environmental impact, including using recycled (and recyclable) packaging and carbon-neutral shipping. So not only will you look and feel good in your workout clothes, but you'll feel good about yourself, too.

Founder Robyn Berkley told the Observer, all of Live the Process' clothes are meant to "make you feel beautiful and motivated," not distract you with unnecessary bells and whistles.

Customers have sung the praises of the wellness brand as well, particularly calling out the impressive quality of the bra and leggings' material, which has four-way stretch, is breathable, moisture-wicking, and water and wind repellent.  

Pros: Simple, clean lines with straightforward design and serious comfort

Cons: These are pricey articles of clothing, even if you are looking to go from the gym to the office



The best workout clothes that fit in at the office

Workout clothes from ADAY look just as appropriate for the office as they do for your morning yoga session.

If you don't want to carry around three outfits for before, during, and after the gym, ADAY may be the solution for you. The brand is all about simplicity and seeks to create fabrics and clothing that are multipurpose, long-lasting, and sustainable.

The Crop And Roll Leggings are the best if you're looking for something to take to your workout. Made of material that is quick-drying, sweat-wicking, and oil resistant, these leggings also feature an elastic waistband with an adjuster that can make the fit tighter or looser.

Thanks to the slightly cropped length, you won't feel encumbered as you run, duck, and jump. But once you're done at the gym, simply pair these leggings with a nice pair of pumps, and they'll be ready for the office. With details like the gunmetal snaps, these leggings are just as much a statement piece as they are sweat-appropriate.

The Today Show called ADAY leggings "trendy" but "incredibly functional," while Refinery 29 said simply, "straight up, they look really good."

Pros: Comfortable, versatile, with many neutral color options for a wide range of occasions

Cons: Pricey



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The best running shoes for women

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  • Running doesn't require a lot of equipment, but a good pair of running shoes is a must-have to prevent injury.
  • The Brooks Ghost 11 is the ultimate workhorse of women's running shoes with a lightweight yet cushioned feel, a breathable upper, and the durability to grind out a lot of miles.
  • See also: The best running socks you can buy

Whether you're beginning your running journey, or you're an experienced runner looking for a new shoe to try, finding a quality pair of running shoes is the first step to guaranteeing your future running endeavors will be enjoyable. It wasn't long ago that little thought was given to the difference between male and female runners, as well as their separate needs as athletes. The go-to phrase was, "shrink 'em and pink 'em."

Luckily, athletic companies have moved away from this simplistic — not to mention sexist — standard and have taken into consideration that women's bodies are different than men's. This included an understanding that women need running shoes made specifically for them. With so many women representing the running population, it's a smart move, too. In 2016, women made up 58% of all 5k races in the United States and 43% of all marathons.

Women's vs. men's running shoes

What makes a woman's running shoe differ from a man's starts with the difference in foot shape. Women tend to have smaller heels in relation to the forefoot, so the shape of the shoe needs to be slightly different. A lower body mass also results in slightly less foam in the midsole of the shoe, while deeper grooves make it easier to flex the midsole when toeing off. Men and women also have different Q-angles, or the angle of incidence between the quad muscle and the kneecap, as women generally have wider hips than men. This tends to cause pronation, which requires different types of cushioning.

Overpronation vs. underpronation

If you overpronate, your foot tends to roll inward too far as you run, and your body isn't absorbing shock as efficiently. For overpronation, you'll want a more supportive motion-control shoe to help correct your foot motion. If you underpronate, your foot isn't rolling in far enough, making the outside of it take the brunt of the impact after the initial heel strike. If this is the case, you'll want a more neutral-cushioned shoe that encourages natural foot motion. This is one of the most important things to consider when buying running shoes, as overpronation or underpronation often causes serious injury over time if not addressed.

Different shoes for different types of running

You'll also want to consider the type of running you'll be doing. Are you planning on doing a lot of road racing? If so, a lightweight shoe should likely be your go-to. Do you tend to do long runs on trails? Then you may want a shoe designed specifically for trail running. If you're looking for a simple training shoe for casual running, then durability won't be a big concern. However, if you're the type of runner who lives in their running shoes, finding a high mileage shoe gives you the best quality for your money.

The ins and outs of finding a worthy runny shoe may sound overwhelming but we've done the research for you and found what we think are the best women's running shoes based on a variety of running needs. 

Here are the best women's running shoes:

Updated on 1/2/2020 by Rick Stella: Updated prices, links, merchants, and formatting. 

The best running shoes overall

The Brooks Ghost 11 shoes are durable enough for long runs, light enough for speedwork, and are even more responsive than the Ghost 10 thanks to a new sole unit. 

If you're looking for a cushioned neutral running shoe, the Brooks Ghost 11 is your pick. The latest model of the Ghose line-up, the Ghost 11 provides both comfort and durability, and can tackle anything from long distances to short and snappy speed work. The Ghost is known for out-of-the-box comfort, which I can personally speak to as an owner of the Ghost 10. You won't have to worry about any break-in period with these. 

The Ghost 11 keeps much of what worked in the Ghost 10, including the 12mm heel-to-toe drop for a smooth ride. There have also been some significant design changes. Most notable is the new sole unit. While the Ghost 10 featured a thick layer of Brooks' DNA foam, the new design cuts down on the foam and integrates DNA loft foam under the heel.

According to Brooks, this foam is "engineered to be lightweight and ultra-soft without giving out underneath the foot." The rest of the sole keeps the original DNA foam which gives it the cushioned and responsive feel the Ghost line is known for. 

As with any sole redesign, this does change the initial feel of the shoe. In this case, some reviewers say it gives the shoe a firmer feel. This is great for speedwork but could lead to some discomfort for longer distances. Keep in mind, every runner is different and much of this comes down to personal preference.

Most reviewers feel that the new version is just a continued improvement on an already fantastic running shoe. Sueby, a reviewer from brooksrunning.com says, "These are amazing shoes with exceptional cushion. I have several pairs and they just keep getting better."

The sole isn't the only thing that has changed. The upper also received a full redesign with a seamless, engineered mesh. It promotes airflow while keeping dirt and debris out — it also gives the shoe a sleeker, more modern look. One tongue loop was kept in the redesign which does help keep the tongue of the shoe from slipping around while running. Having run in shoes that don't have this feature, this seems like a small thing until you have to stop and retie your shoes in order to readjust the tongue. When it comes to running shoes, little things like this make a big difference.

In keeping what works combined with some innovative design changes, it comes as no surprise that the Ghost 11 has yet again received the Editor's Choice Award from Runner's World. While it is heavier than many of the lightweight running shoes available, weighing in at 9.5 ounces, its design allows it to keep a fast and responsive feel usually found in lightweight models. 

The comfort and increased responsiveness, as well as a consistent price, make it worth upgrading to the Ghost 11. Another benefit? The price for every new Brooks Ghost model remained the same for the past five years ($120) but it's now available for $95. 

Pros: Well-cushioned while still having a light feel, smooth heel to toe transition, new seamless upper design for added breathability and comfort, new DNA loft foam allows for more responsiveness, versatile design is ideal for both speed work and long distances

Cons: On the heavier side, won't provide enough support for overpronation, some reviewers feel the sole redesign creates a firmer feel that could become uncomfortable on long distances



The best running shoes for support

The New Balance 860 line is specifically designed for those who overpronate, providing a smooth, comfortable ride from heel to toe. 

As a tried-and-true stability shoe, the New Balance 860 line is solely (pun intended) dedicated to helping those who overpronate, providing the stability needed to help prevent any unnecessary running injuries. 

The newest version keeps the dual-density TruFuse midsole for a soft, yet supportive feel and the 10mm heel drop also remains the same. The upper has received some welcome updates, but the toe box remains roomy. This allows the toes ample room to splay out for push-off, adding to the smooth, natural-feeling ride. 

The upper has received another update from the 860v9, allowing for more breathability and comfort with seamless engineered mesh. It also keeps the shoe looking modern and fresh despite being on its 9th version. Stability shoes often look bulky but that isn't the case with the 860v10. The midfoot of the upper now features fewer overlays, which add to its sleek look, while targeted stitching adds better support. There are currently four different color schemes available, ranging from neutral to flashy, so you can easily find a style to match your running wardrobe. 

These shoes are on the heavier side but unlike many stability shoes, the 860v10 finds the balance between providing the right amount of support without completely weighing you down. The T-Beam stability shaft that runs under the midsole helps correct overpronation and still allows for a snappy and responsive feel often found in lighter running shoes. The blown rubber outsole is designed to last and does well in both wet and dry conditions so you won't have to put your run on hold just because of a little rain or snow. 

The 860v10 excels at providing a steady and well-supported run. The comfort alone makes this shoe a winner in the support department — especially if you have wide feet. As mentioned above, the toe box is roomy, but there are narrow, wide and extra-wide widths available to accommodate different feet. 

The durability of this shoe makes it ideal for high-mileage, so if you're looking for a pair capable of withstanding daily training, the 896v10 is well worth considering. Most reviewers report having great experiences with the 860v10. Even those who don't run regularly, or just want added support throughout the day at work or while running errands, find themselves turning to this stability shoe.

Pros: Great support for overpronation, cushioning provides a comfortable ride, newly designed mesh upper provides more breathability, T-Beam shaft for additional stability, 10mm drop provides a more natural heel to toe motion

Cons: On the heavier side, not ideal for neutral runners who don't need additional support, some runners found the mesh upper too breathable in cold weather



The best running shoes for trails

The Hoka One One Challenger ATR 5 shoes are designed to handle rough terrain on the trails with maximum cushioning and rugged soles, but the lightweight feel allows you to transition from the trail to the road anytime you want. 

While some trail shoes tend to be on the heavy side, the Hoka One One (pronounced o-nay o-nay) Challenger ATR 5 manages to provide maximum cushioning while still being lightweight. They're responsive, rugged, and won't weigh you down while you conquer the trails.

The newest version in the Challenger ATR line weighs in at a surprising 7.7 ounces. All you have to do is look at the shoes to see that they fall into the maximal cushioning running shoe category. While they may not be the prettiest running shoes on the market, all of that cushioning offers less stress and impact on the body. This combined with a rugged outsole makes the Challenger ATR 5 the perfect shoe for tackling long trail runs.

If you begin or end your runs on the road, the traction and grip performance of this shoe works just as well on trails and rough mountain terrain as it does on the pavement, and its lightweight feel provides a seamless transition. It should be noted that despite the cushioning, the Challenger ATR 5 is considered a neutral running shoe, so it won't offer much in terms of support for overpronators. 

The shoe's toe box is reinforced with thermoplastic polyurethane to help protect your feet from protruding rocks and roots on the trail. It does have a narrower design, but to remedy this, the Challenger ATR 5 now has a wide width option. This was an issue with previous models for those with wider feet, so it's nice to see that Hoka listened and delivered. The sole of the shoe also received a slight update: The distance between the 4mm lugs shifted to allow for a more comfortable feel on hard surfaces and a stronger grip on technical terrain. 

The upper of the shoe is designed to be durable, and durability is something the entire design of this shoe excels at. Running Shoes Guru gave the latest model high marks, stating "It performs well on dirt trails but also works well on rocks, roots, boulders, and steep climbs." The tester plans to wear them in an upcoming 50k, and "has no doubt it will be comfortable and perform well." Its rugged durability makes this shoe a favorite for casual trail runners as well as the racing shoe of choice for ultra-marathoners.

Whether you want a more cushioned ride for casual trail runs, or you're a modern-day Wonder Woman tackling your next ultra-marathon, the Hoka One One Challenger ATR 5 is worth considering.

Pros: Fantastic cushioning to weight ratio, rugged outsole with 4 mm lugs provides good traction on both trails and roads, toe box offers substantial protection from rocks and roots, wide width is now available

Cons: Not suited for overpronators, some reviewers felt this shoe was on the expensive side



The best lightweight running shoes

The New Balance Fresh Foam Beacon running shoes provide a super lightweight feel without sacrificing cushioned comfort, and they're versatile enough to tackle both short and long runs.

If you're looking for a neutral lightweight running shoe with a cushioned feel, the New Balance Fresh Foam Beacon just might become your go-to. The women's model weighs in at a mere 6.2 ounces, which seems almost impossible with all the foam cushioning involved.

The magic lies in what's known as Fresh Foam Ground Contact. This is the material that makes up the sole unit. It's ultra-light, so you won't feel weighed down while running yet it still provides a soft and responsive feel. Combined with a seamless upper unit, the result is a comfortable neutral running shoe that looks simple but certainly doesn't skimp on quality. 

The block of Fresh Foam GC that makes up the sole of the shoe is specifically designed to withstand impact and wear over time. The concave and convex hexagon design isn't just there for aesthetics — the sculpted shapes are specifically placed to provide cushion and stability where it's needed most. From heel to toe there is a 6mm drop, ideal for neutral runners. 

The sole does have quite a bit of exposed foam, with five spots of reinforced rubber lugs for durability. While most running shoes can handle up to 500 miles on the high end, because of the exposed foam, the Beacon is likely to hold up for 250 to 300 miles. However, the rubber lugs are placed under the heel and forefoot — areas that see the most impact.

Testers from roadtrailrun.com were impressed with how well the shoe's sole held up saying, "New Balance has done some serious work to make a midsole used as an outsole as durable as this."

When it comes to the upper of the Beacon, the thoughtful design continues. While basic, the all knit upper does its job well, allowing for comfort, breathability, and stretch. The simple 'N' on the sides of the shoe isn't just a logo — it's also highly reflective. If you are running in low light at dusk or dawn, these shoes are great for visibility. 

Being both lightweight and cushioned makes the Beacon a great shoe for short and long runs. They allow you to pick up the pace but won't leave your legs and feet feeling fatigued even after running longer distances. Amazon reviewer Rachel W. has dubbed these her "new marathon shoe" saying, "they are super light but cushioned enough to run a marathon in." She, along with many other reviewers, do advise going half a size up to ensure a comfortable fit. 

Pros: Super lightweight, cushioned feel, comfortable upper, reflective, versatile enough for both short and long runs 

Cons: May not handle as many lifetime miles as other runners, some reviewers had to size up to find a perfect fit



The best running shoes for high mileage

The Under Armour HOVR Infinite is specifically designed for long runs, with responsive cushioning, a durable outsole, and a built-in chip that tracks your running progress.

Whether you're training for a marathon, or simply enjoy taking long runs for the mental and physical benefits, the new Under Armour HOVR is a shoe that should be on your radar. Not only has it been designed for long runs in mind, but it's also what's known as "connected footwear" featuring Under Armour's Record Sensor Technology.

What does this mean? A sensor in the form of a removable chip is embedded in the insole of the shoe to track your speed, distance, stride length, and cadence. This data can be uploaded to the Under Armour MapMyRun app post-run, allowing you to view your stats in one place. Unfortunately, the data only works on MapMyRun (for now) but it still serves as a nice back-up in case your GPS watch dies, or you simply want to geek out and compare stats. 

Even if you don't care about the connectivity aspect, the shoe itself is still worth considering. They clock in at $120 which is roughly the same as other running shoes on the market that don't offer the same feature. So, no sweat (and no money wasted) if you choose not to take advantage of the high-tech bonus. 

A neutral running shoe, the HOVR Infinite has just the right amount of cushion to keep your legs feeling fresh even as you pile on the miles, and the responsiveness to keep you up to speed. This is thanks to the high energy return HOVR foam that's used in the entire midsole. The outsole is comprised of blown rubber and carbon rubber for extra durability — a must for shoes expected to withstand high mileage runs.

While this does add extra weight to the shoe, it's not enough to leave you feeling bogged down. This tester from Runner's World says, "I've worn the shoes for 40 miles at the beginning of my marathon training and am impressed by the comfortable cushion on long runs, but also the lightness on the track."

There is a distinct difference between the men's and women's versions of these shoes. Under Armour took the anatomy of the female foot into consideration. The result is a better fit, with a contoured sock liner, and the tongue of the shoe is both softer and higher than the men's version. The rest of the engineered mesh upper is lightweight and breathable, and there's a cushioned heel collar for added comfort. 

Between the connectivity feature and the effective, well-thought-out design, it comes as no surprise that the HOVR Infinite was a winner of the 2019 Runner's World "Recommended" Award. Some reviewers did have to size up to find their perfect fit, but most were extremely happy with the comfort and support these shoes offer, as well as the Record Sensor technology

Pros: Cushioned comfort, responsive feel, durable outsole, gender-specific design, digitally connected to track running statistics

Cons: Some runners needed to size up to find their perfect fit, the connectivity feature is currently only compatible with MapMyRun



The best 4K TVs

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  • 4K TVs are available at many different price points and performance levels, with models suitable for budget buyers, home theater enthusiasts, and everyone in between.
  • With its impressive OLED panel, extensive HDR support, and webOS smart features, the LG C9 is the best 4K TV you can buy.

4K Ultra HD (UHD) TVs have become the norm for any buyer looking to purchase a new display for their living room, bedroom, or dedicated home theater. However, while all 4K TVs offer a resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels, picture quality and smart-connectivity features can vary wildly between different brands and models. With that in mind, there are some key specifications that you should look for when choosing which TV is the best fit for your needs.

In particular, if you're buying a new display with image performance as a top priority, you'll want to make special note of a TV's high-dynamic-range (HDR) capabilities. Even more so than resolution, HDR has become the defining factor for picture quality in modern TVs. This feature allows a TV to offer enhanced contrast and colors when playing specially graded HDR content on many streaming apps and 4K Blu-ray discs, resulting in a more realistic sense of brightness, depth, and saturation.   

Brightness capabilities (measured in nits), black levels, contrast ratio, color gamut coverage, and viewing angles are all major factors that help contribute to a TV's HDR and overall picture performance. Panel type then plays a large role in determining how well a display can handle all of these elements. There are currently two main types of 4K TV panels: OLED and LCD (the latter is often branded as QLED or LED). Each has its own strengths and weaknesses, with OLEDs excelling at black levels, and LCDs shine at brightness. 

Of course, picture quality is hardly the only aspect you should be looking at when buying a new display. Smart TV platforms, app selection, voice assistant support, and overall design can all make or break a 4K TV purchase. After all, what's the point of a pretty picture if you can't navigate easily through the TV menus to actually play something? 

With all those factors in mind, we've selected the best 4K TVs on the market based on hands-on testing with a variety of models. Our picks represent a range of price points and performance needs, but each of the displays we've selected is good enough to offer capable HDR playback and streaming app support. Since 65 inches has become the flagship screen size for manufacturers, all of our selections fall into that category. That said, please keep in mind that many of the models listed below are also available in smaller and larger screen sizes. 

Here are the best 4K TVs you can buy:

Updated on 1/2/2020 by Steven Cohen: Added new picks based on research and testing, and updated buying advice.

The best 4K TV overall

The LG C9 OLED offers the best balance between home theater picture quality and price.

LG's OLED TVs have become synonymous with high-end picture quality, and the C9 continues that trend while adding a few new bells and whistles over previous models, including HDMI 2.1 inputs for better future-proofing. Though it's a little more expensive than some competing LCD TVs, if you're looking for the best balance between premium image quality and cost, then the C9 is the 4K TV to beat. 

Unlike traditional LCD TVs (including LED and QLED), the C9's OLED screen does not require a backlight or any dimming zones. Backlights can lead to milky black levels, uniformity issues, and blooming where certain parts of the screen appear brighter than others or washed out, especially when watching movies in a dark room. With an emissive OLED panel, however, each individual pixel is able to create its own light or turn off completely to produce an infinite contrast ratio. This leads to deep, perfectly uniform black levels, along with more precise highlights and wider viewing angles compared to LCDs.

LG's C9 also supports advanced 4K upscaling and processing thanks to the display's α9 Gen 2 Intelligent Processor, which can make lower-quality videos look better, like Full HD (1080p). Multiple HDR formats are supported as well, including HDR10, Dolby Vision, and HLG. Peak brightness hovers around 800 nits and the TV supports close to 100% of the P3 wide color gamut for fantastic HDR. Yes, some QLED TVs can get even brighter, but the pixel-level contrast of the C9's OLED screen can actually give HDR videos more depth and pop. 

Smart TV features are extensive as well via LG's webOS platform and ThinQ AI technology. A large selection of apps is easily accessible through the TV's responsive interface, and the C9 also includes a magic remote with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa support. The display's design is great too, with an extremely thin profile and a hefty pedestal stand. You'll have to take a little extra care when setting it up, but the results are beautiful in any living room.

LG's pricier E9 and W9 are even more premium when it comes to design, but the C9 will give you the exact same picture quality for less money. Buyers who want to save even more, can also opt for the more affordable LG B9 OLED instead. This entry-level model uses the same panel as the C9, but swaps out the α9 Gen 2 Intelligent Processor for the less powerful α7 Gen 2 Intelligent Processor.

All things considered, however, the C9 is the best buy of the bunch. The only notable drawback is the potential risk for burn-in that comes with all OLED screens. In rare cases, a ghost image can get permanently stuck on the TV if you leave the same picture paused on the panel for hours on end. Thankfully, there are special functions built-in to reduce the chance of logos (like those used on 24-hour news channels) from getting stuck.  

Pros: OLED panel with pixel-level contrast, deep black levels, wide viewing angles, HDMI 2.1 inputs, webOS smart TV platform, Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa capabilities.  

Cons: Pricier than most LCD TVs, can't get as bright as QLED models, there is some risk for burn-in.  



The best 4K TV for the money

With performance that rivals more expensive sets from the competition, the affordable Vizio P-Series Quantum is the best 4K TV in its price range.

Though home-theater enthusiasts will enjoy the enhanced picture quality and smart TV perks that premium displays from LG, Sony, and Samsung provide, the Vizio P-Series Quantum manages to pack in a lot of the same features found on those pricier models, but for a lot less. There are some trade-offs, of course, but if you want solid 4K HDR and streaming performance without breaking the bank, the P-Series Quantum is one of the best options out there.

While you won't get OLED-quality contrast, the P-Series Quantum's LCD panel does feature full-array local dimming. This tech enables the TV to dim and brighten in specific zones across the screen. As a result, the display can produce better black levels and more precise highlights compared to LCDs without dimming. The 65-inch P-Series Quantum offers 20o zones, which is great for this price, along with a max brightness of 1,100 nits and support for HDR10, Dolby Vision, and HLG. Quantum dot technology is employed as well for wide color playback. 

Unlike TCL's similar and more affordable 6-Series TV, the Vizio also boasts a 120Hz panel for smooth motion and AirPlay 2 support for easy wireless content streaming from Apple products. The display is compatible with separate Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant devices as well, but the TV's included remote does not feature a microphone for integrated voice control.  

On the downside, like a lot of other LCD TVs in this price range, viewing angles aren't that great, which means colors and contrast do get washed out when you aren't sitting toward the center of the display. For better viewing angles, you'll have to opt for one of Sony or LG's OLED TVs, or an LCD TV with an IPS panel. Vizio's SmartCast OS is also a little lacking compared to other smart TV platforms like Roku. You can still cast plenty of apps to the display from a mobile device, but the on-screen selection is a bit limited.   

Meanwhile, for buyers who want to save a bit more money, Vizio's M-Series Quantum is a great entry-level alternative to the P-Series. Brightness and local dimming aren't as strong, but you still get great performance for the price. If you want to step things up even further, there's also the company's flagship P-Series Quantum X, which offers some of the brightest HDR performance on the market and a whopping 384 zones of local dimming on the 65-inch model. For the price, however, the standard P-Series Quantum hits the perfect sweet spot between cost and performance.

Pros: Full-array local dimming with 200 zones, quantum dot color technology, 120Hz panel, AirPlay 2 support, competitive pricing

Cons: On-screen app selection is limited, no voice remote, viewing angles are mediocre. 



The best budget 4K TV

The TCL 6-Series features an easy-to-use smart TV interface powered by the Roku OS, along with fantastic HDR and quantum dot color performance for the price.

Over the last few years, TCL's 6-Series Roku TV has cemented itself as one of the best bang-for-your-buck 4K TVs on the market, and its new 2019 model steps things up even further by adding quantum dot color technology to the mix. Like Vizio's similar offerings, the 6-Series provides fantastic image performance for its class and, unlike Vizio's options, the TCL provides a larger selection of on-screen apps via the simple and convenient Roku OS.

The 6-Series offers full-array local dimming with 120 zones on the 65-inch model. That's not quite as many zones as the P-Series Quantum, but black level performance is still great for an LCD in this price range. The 6-Series also boasts quantum dots, which expands the display's wide color capabilities. HDR support is strong too with HDR10, Dolby Vision, and HLG playback, along with peak brightness in the 800 nits range.  

Compared to more expensive TVs, the 6-Series is lacking a few features and design perks here and there. The panel itself is thicker than a lot of other modern LCDs, viewing angles aren't the best, and you'll get a 60Hz refresh rate rather than the higher 120Hz refresh rate featured on most of the competition.

Sadly, Apple AirPlay 2 connectivity is not supported either, despite being available on Vizio, LG, and Samsung TVs. Still, actual image performance on the 6-Series is almost unmatched for a TV under $800. The Roku interface and included voice remote also work great for simple and convenient access to a great library of streaming channels.  

If you want a Roku TV with even better picture quality, then you might also want to consider TCL's new 8-Series. This more expensive model boasts mini-LED backlight technology for even better dimming and brightness performance, though the upgrade comes with a pretty steep price.

Pros: Full-array local dimming with 120 zones, quantum dot color technology, Roku OS with plenty of apps, very affordable.

Cons: Mediocre viewing angles, 60Hz panel rather than 120Hz, no AirPlay 2 support.



The best QLED 4K TV

Samsung's Q90R is a bit pricey but it offers the best overall picture of any 4K QLED TV model. 

Though Vizio and TCL have done a great job bringing quantum dot technology to their value-priced TV models, Samsung's flagship Q90R QLED TV remains a good buy for enthusiasts thanks to some key performance features and a very stylish design.     

Samsung doesn't reveal an exact number, but the Q90R boasts over 400 zones of full-array local dimming for some of the deepest black levels on any LCD TV. Peak brightness hits around the 1,500 nits range, easily besting OLED displays from LG and Sony. While the Vizio P-Series Quantum X and TCL 8-Series can get brighter in certain situations, the Q90R is a little less prone to dimming artifacts, like blooming, which can create distracting halo effects around objects.

This TV's quantum dot tech also provides great wide color capabilities during HDR playback, and Samsung is the only TV manufacturer in the US to currently include support for the advanced HDR10+ format. Sadly, however, the Q90R does not support the similar but more widespread Dolby Vision format, which is one of the TV's only key drawbacks. On the plus side, gaming performance is strong with very low input lag. FreeSync variable refresh rate technology is supported as well, which can reduce screen tearing and stuttering during gameplay.

When it comes to viewing angles, Samsung uses a special layer to offer better off-axis color and contrast compared to TCL and Vizio TVs. Bixby voice control and compatibility with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and AirPlay 2 are featured as well for extensive digital assistant and connectivity options. Samsung's Smart Hub platform, powered by the company's Tizen OS, provides fast and responsive navigation with on-screen support for a large selection of streaming apps.

The TV's design also features a stylish and premium appearance. All of the display's connections are actually housed on a separate One Connect box instead of the panel itself, enabling a very thin profile and cleaner wall mounting. 

Samsung's less expensive Q80R and Q70R are both solid QLED options as well, but brightness and dimming performance aren't as good as the Q90R, and the Q70R lacks the wide viewing angle layer found on the step-up models. In general, the performance and style perks found on the Q90R make it the best QLED choice for buyers who are willing to pay a premium over TCL and Vizio's more affordable models. 

Pros: Bright HDR performance with HDR10+ support, full-array local dimming with great black levels, quantum dot color, wider viewing angles than typical LCDs, stylish design with thin profile, Smart Hub platform with lots of apps, Bixby voice control.

Cons: Expensive for an LCD, lacks Dolby Vision support.   



The best premium 4K TV

The Sony A9G OLED TV offers premium performance and design for an equally premium price.

Sony actually uses the same OLED panel that LG uses for its 4K TVs, but Sony manages to edge-out LG's C9 when it comes to high-end performance thanks to superior processing and a few cool design flourishes — that is if you're willing to pay more. 

Like the C9, the A9G uses an OLED panel with pixel-level contrast, perfect black levels, and wide viewing angles, avoiding all of the image quality issues that backlights used on LCD TVs can produce. While LG's C9 can actually get a little brighter than Sony's display, the A9G still offers exceptional HDR performance with HDR10, HLG, and Dolby Vision support.

The A9G also earns a slight edge over the C9 in the premium picture quality department thanks to the TV's processing and accuracy. Sony's X1 Ultimate processor offers a slightly cleaner image with less artifacts when playing lower quality content, along with better highlight and shadow detail when playing HDR videos. During side-by-side demos I've attended, the A9G has also come the closest to matching the look of professional broadcast monitors used by Hollywood colorists. This means, that when calibrated, movies on the A9G look closer to how the director intended than they do on pretty much any other TV on the market.

The display's gorgeous design is a key perk as well, with a very thin profile and a sturdy pedestal stand. Unlike traditional TVs, the A9G also features a unique audio system with acoustic surface technology. Instead of typical speakers, this process creates sound from the screen itself with centralized dialogue. Connectivity options are extensive as well, with AirPlay 2, HomeKit, Amazon Alexa, and integrated Google Assistant capabilities. Buyers already invested in Google's ecosystem will also be right at home with the display's Android TV platform, making it easy to access a wide assortment of apps.

Though most buyers who want an OLED will be better off saving some cash and going with LG's more affordable C9, the A9G still earns a clear spot for enthusiasts with deep pockets who want the most accurate picture. Like all OLED panels, however, it should be noted that there is some risk for burn-in if you leave a static image on the screen for too long.

Pros: OLED panel with pixel-level contrast, deep black levels, wide viewing angles, Android TV with integrated Google Assistant, acoustic surface audio technology, advanced processing powered by Sony's X1 Ultimate processor.

Cons: Very expensive, can't get as bright as other OLED or QLED TVs, there is some risk for burn-in.  



The cofounder of WeWork is selling his NYC townhouse for $21 million. Look inside the 5-bedroom home, which was rebuilt after being destroyed in an accidental bombing in 1970.

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Miguel McKelvey, the cofounder of WeWork, is selling his New York City townhouse for $21 million, The New York Post reported.

The WeWork cofounder, who's worth an estimated $900 million, bought the home for $12 million in 2015, according to The Real Deal. McKelvey stayed with the company as chief culture officer even after a failed IPO attempt and the ousting of Neumann as CEO.

McKelvey's townhouse has a bizarre history. Originally built in 1845, it was destroyed in 1970 by an accidental bombing by the radical leftist group the Weather Underground.

After the bombing, the home was rebuilt in a modernist style in 1978. McKelvey bought it for $12 million in 2015, according to The Real Deal. The townhouse is also available to rent for $50,000 a month.

Clinton Stowe and Melissa Bolotow of Douglas Elliman have the listing.

Take a look inside the 6,000-square-foot Manhattan townhouse.

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WeWork cofounder Miguel McKelvey has put his New York City townhouse up for sale for $21 million, The New York Post reported.

He bought it for $12 million in 2015, according to The Real Deal.

McKelvey, who cofounded WeWork with former CEO Adam Neumann in 2010, stayed with the company as chief culture officer even after a failed IPO attempt and the ousting of Neumann as CEO.

He's worth an estimated $900 million, according to Forbes.



McKelvey's home sits in the heart of Manhattan's Greenwich Village, a historically bohemian neighborhood that's now one of the priciest in the city and beloved by celebrities.

Source: NYC Go



Originally built in 1845. In 1970, the home was almost completely destroyed when a radical leftist group detonated a bomb in the basement. It was completely rebuilt in 1978 in a modernist style.

Two members of the group survived the blast, while three members died, according to The New York Times.

At the time, the home owner's daughter had joined the group in college. She and four other members had been building nail bombs in the basement for targets including a military officer's club in New Jersey, the Times reported.



The 21-foot-wide home has top-of-the-line tech throughout, including an integrated system for audio, video, shades, and lighting, and radiant heat flooring.

There's also full-house humidification, a remote security and intercom system, a water purification system, and a snow-melting system, according to the listing.



The kitchen opens up to the back garden and terrace.

Source: Douglas Elliman



The home is airy and bright thanks to large windows and high ceilings.

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The home's master suite sits on the top two floors of the home, where a wall of windows opens up onto a terrace.

Source: Douglas Elliman



The master suite includes a massive dressing room.

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The spa-like master bathroom is outfitted in light gray marble.

Source: Douglas Elliman



The rear of the townhouse features a 20-foot wall of windows.

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The back garden and terrace has plenty of entertaining space, with an outdoor kitchen and grill as well as a heated plunge pool.

For those who don't want to make the commitment of buying McKelvey's storied home, it's also being offered as a rental for $50,000 a month.



Pro Tips: How to style jewelry with the founder of Stone and Strand

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  • Stone and Strand is an online jewelry startup offering everyday luxury in the form of affordable fine jewelry. 
  • The brand does an amazing job of styling their pieces, curating creative looks anyone would want to wear. I've always wondered, how can I recreate these perfectly layered jewelry looks with my own pieces?
  • I sat down with Nadine McCarthy Kahane, Stone and Strand's founder, to learn all things jewelry styling. Keep reading for her expert tips and tricks, including how to stack rings, mix metals, and what pieces are worth investing in.

Great accessories can take an outfit from "so-so" to "WOAH." Take the classic pairing of a plain white T-shirt and jeans, for example. It's an easy go-to, something you can always count on to look good without much thought or effort, though not the most original outfit. Layer on some necklaces, stack some cool rings on your fingers, put on a pair (or several) of your favorite earrings and you have a look that feels elevated, special, and totally you. 

I've always loved jewelry. It transcends seasons, you can create endless combinations, and I love learning the stories behind the pieces of those who wear them. Yet, as much as I love jewelry, I often find myself struggling to style it. So, I asked an expert for everything you need to know about the sparkly stuff. 

Nadine McCarthy Kahane is the founder of Stone and Strand, an online jewelry startup that sells beautiful, dainty fine jewelry pieces made for everyday wear. The brand has its own namesake label but also sells pieces from other like-minded jewelry designers. If sparkly and shiny baubles are your thing, perusing Stone and Strand's selection will give you that kid in a candy store excitement. 

I met up with Kahane at the brand's Manhattan pop-up to discuss everything from how to stack rings to how to best store your jewelry. Hopefully, her insights will help you too. Keep reading for styling tips and major earring envy.

Rings

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Stacking a bunch of different rings on your fingers is all the rage. Yet, whenever I attempt to pair rings, my fingers end up looking more like little Michelin men than anything else. So, this was our first order of business. When it comes to ring stacking, it's all about asymmetry. "Match thicker rings with thinner ones to balance each other out," Kahane suggests. For an easy pairing, she suggests stacking cigar bands and eternity bands.

And don't fear mixing metals. Kahane is all for stacking different proportions and different gold colors. She suggests mixing metals and gemstones for a unique look. "The daintier the rings the more you can pile on," she says. To give an example, Nadine styled my hands with a bunch of fun rings, pictured above. As you can see, there's a nice mixture of textures, thicknesses, and gemstones. Standout pieces, like the Unicorn Heart Ring, are given their own space, while smaller, daintier bands are stacked together for a cool, asymmetrical look.

Here are the pieces pictured above, from left to right:
Mini Pinky Signet Ring, $145Unicorn Rainbow Heart Ring, $375, Gold Cigar Band, $198, Spark Circle Band, $130, Wavy Band, $150, Three Diamond Open Cuff Ring, $195

Necklaces

I love the look of layered necklaces. But, when layered, necklaces often end up in a tangled mess. Unfortunately, Kahane confirmed that necklaces will always get tangled. But, better storage techniques can help keep your necklaces knot-free, at least while you're not wearing them. Plastic bags are one of Kahane's jewelry storage go-to's. "Put the necklace in a single plastic bag and leave the clasp out so it doesn't scratch the rest of the necklace," she suggests. While it may not be the most sustainable option, you can reuse the same plastic bags for a long time. Plus, when it's time to travel, these are particularly easy to pack up. 

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Earrings

Like rings, when you want to pair earrings, it's all about playing with different proportions. Depending on how many ear piercings you have, where they are, and what your style is, you can really get creative and make all sorts of fun, beautiful looks. For a combination that'll always look great, "Wear a big statement earring in the first piercing and a small dainty one in the second," Kahane suggests. "If you're less adventurous, stick with gold pairs and add in different gemstones and diamonds." 

Earrings pictured from bottom to top:

Tiny Hollow Hoop Earrings, $225, Gold Lightning Bolt Stud, $55-$110, Tiny Zodiac Stud, $70, Tiny Diamond Stud, $95-$190, Small Gold Huggie Clicker Earring, $70

Storage, cleaning, and more

When it comes to traveling, Kahane loves soft travel cases particularly "something you can roll everything up into". And, of course, plastic bags to hold necklaces. Check out our guide to the best travel jewelry cases you can buy for our recommendations. 

For cleaning jewelry, the most effective thing you can do is take your pieces to a jeweler. If you don't have time to get to a jeweler, there are household remedies you can use to keep your gold pieces looking fresh. Kahane suggests a toothbrush and soap. Put a few drops of dish soap in warm water, then soak your pieces in the solution. After a few minutes, take them out and use the toothbrush to gently scrub off any dirt. 

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Shopping for jewelry is always exciting, but it can be very expensive. With so many metals to choose from, it can be difficult to figure out which items are worth the splurge and when to go for more affordable alternatives. Like most fashion trends, when it comes to trendy jewelry, you're better off going for something cheaper since you likely won't wear it forever. "Buy gold-plated or gold-filled pieces for trendy jewelry," Kahane suggests. "If you know you'll be wearing a piece for a while you may want to upgrade to 14-karat gold." Rings are one item where Kahane suggests splurging on solid gold. Since your hands are often coming in contact with water and other elements, plated and filled rings will quickly show signs of wear and tear. Solid gold, on the other hand, can withstand those elements and will continue looking pristine. 

Bottom line

Like anything style-related, choosing how to style your jewelry really comes down to your personal taste. If you don't like the look of silver and gold together, you don't have to wear them together, but if you do, ignore the rules that say you shouldn't mix and match. If you're looking for inspiration or a place to start, I'd highly recommend checking out Stone and Strand's website and Instagram page for some looks you'll want to recreate. 

Shop dainty, fine jewelry at Stone and Strand

 

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This platform helps you find cool dining experiences like intimate dinners in people's homes in more than 130 countries — here's what it's like to use

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  • If you want a change of scene from conventional restaurants and dinner parties, Eatwith provides unique and memorable alternatives for a delicious meal. 
  • Through an Eatwith experience such as a dinner, cooking class, or food tour, you'll enjoy great food, meet fellow locals or travelers, and strengthen your connection to your city.
  • The food experiences are available in more than 130 countries. It's easy to find and book an experience that fits your needs and preferences.
  • I tried an Eatwith dinner hosted in Brooklyn, New York, and loved how it brought together a group of strangers in an intimate space, as well as the restaurant-quality food we enjoyed. 

In New York, a city renowned for its restaurant and food scene, you would think it's easy to lock down dinner plans for any given night. But as much as I enjoy exploring restaurants and trying all types of cuisines, the practice of eating out can feel tired and tiring. 

In response to the formalities and time commitment of dining out, people are ordering in more than ever and the market for food delivery services like Doordash is booming. An increasing number of millennials are also hosting their own dinners, prioritizing the social aspect of bringing friends and family together over the quality of the food itself. 

The problem is, neither of those alternatives is perfect. When you order in, you might miss out on the rituals of a sit-down dinner. When you host a dinner party, no matter how casual, you still have to deal with food preparation and post-event cleanup. 

Eatwith lets you experience dining in a new and fresh way, and it doesn't involve going to a stuffy restaurant, ordering greasy food delivery, or washing piles of plates after a dinner party. It's a platform to find unique dining experiences hosted in cool locations all around the world by professional chefs and home chefs. Through an Eatwith experience, you'll enjoy great food, meet fellow locals or travelers, and strengthen your connection to your city. 

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Cofounder Camille Rumani told Business Insider, "An Eatwith experience is more than just a meal — it's also the best way to get a true taste of a city, culture, and cuisine thanks to our local hosts. Every day we read reviews that speak to the serendipitous and magical moments that happen at our tables. Reviews like, 'This was our first Eatwith experience and it was the highlight of our trip' are received daily!"

I love both going out for dinner and staying in, but interesting food experiences like the ones Eatwith offers also intrigue me, so I tried the platform out for myself.

Here's what it's like to find, book, and enjoy an Eatwith experience

Eatwith offers many ways to make your next food experience more memorable and exciting.

You can browse and book three different types of food experiences:

These experiences are available in more than 130 countries in major cities like Paris, New York, Barcelona, and Lisbon. Whether you're a local or a first-time visitor to these cities, Eatwith offers the opportunity to have an authentic interaction with the city's food and people. 

Some of the most searched experiences on Eatwith include rooftop brunches in New York, pasta making classes in Rome, and canal house dining in Amsterdam. 



To narrow down your search, start with your location.

You'll be able to filter further by date, number of guests, price per person, cuisine type, special diet, and more. 

Prices can vary dramatically depending on what type of experience you choose. For example, a simple rooftop brunch in Barcelona costs $55 while a beautiful sunset hike and picnic in Dubrovnik costs $137. Generally, Eatwith's experiences aren't going to be cheaper than going out to eat at a restaurant, but they'll certainly be different. 

Choose an experience to learn more about your host, details about the menu, class, or tour, and reviews from other Eatwith customers. Request a booking, pay the fee, and you're all set for your meal, class, or tour. You'll receive confirmation and additional details about your booking via email. 

All Eatwith events are covered by a comprehensive insurance policy, and full refunds are given for any cancellations before each event's cancellation deadline. 

Find and book a unique food experience with Eatwith



What can you expect from an Eatwith dinner? I attended one in Brooklyn, New York, to find out.

The specific dinner I went to was holiday-themed and took place in the hosts' home, a cozy brownstone apartment in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn. 



My guest and I entered the apartment and were greeted by one of the hosts, a handful of other Eatwith guests, and a well-decorated dining area.

The table for eight was set with candles and Christmas decorations. 



We settled into our seats and started chatting with the other guests.

The ability to meet new people is one of the biggest draws of an Eatwith experience. Whereas in traditional restaurant settings you're usually limited to interacting with your own party, Eatwith dinners are more social and bring strangers together to enjoy a meal. 

This setup works well for locals and tourists alike. My experience was proof of that: Our fellow diners included two other couples who live in New York, and a solo traveler visiting the city for the first time from England.

We exchanged tales of the horrors of subway travel and events like SantaCon, recommended activities and points of interest in New York, and learned more about each other's jobs and interests through the course of the night. 



Meanwhile, our hosts were in their kitchen preparing a five-course meal for us.

They made great use of their small space, but I shouldn't have been surprised by the professional nature of the kitchen. Our chef had formerly worked at Michelin-starred Del Posto as well as a popular speakeasy restaurant. 

Not all Eatwith hosts are professional chefs, though a large number of them are. Your host may also be someone who's simply passionate about food, culture, and sharing their city with you. All hosts on Eatwith must go through a rigorous application and screening process in order to be listed on the site. 



Each dish was restaurant-quality. What made the meal even better was eating it in the comfort and privacy of a home.

The night's menu was a delicious sampler of Latin American cuisine: empanaditas, tamales, octopus mofongo, hanger steak, and a "coquito" eggnog-like drink to finish off the meal. 

The atmosphere was cozy, intimate, and comfortable, with none of the pretensions of a formal restaurant. After we finished eating, we didn't feel rushed to get out to make room for more diners. 

Following any Eatwith experience, you can share the highlights with future users by leaving a review on the booking page. 

 



The bottom line: If you like food and trying new things, book an Eatwith experience.

Book an Eatwith meal, cooking class, or food tour in your city here

Eatwith experiences are the perfect alternative to expensive dinners out and tiring dinner parties in. As a traveler to a new city, you can get firsthand exposure to its foods, traditions, and people, and as a local, you can see your city in a new light and meet people you wouldn't have otherwise.

The online platform is easy to navigate and use to book your experiences, and because there are plenty of cool options in cities all over the world, you can easily find your next friend outing, date night, or just-because food activity. 

 



10 powerful habits successful people have, and how to start them

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  • Laura Garnett is a performance strategist and TEDx speaker who works with CEOs and executives to identify their unique genius and purpose and craft an actionable plan to leverage them.
  • She says that there are ten powerful habits successful people practice — and they're not difficult to adopt.
  • They use time efficiently, know what their strengths are, and are proactive about being happy in their careers. They enjoy the process of work — not just the ends. And they're always asking for feedback.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

The new year (and decade!) always brings a renewed energy. We're excited about change, eager to set resolutions, and have a newfound willingness to work on ourselves.  

However, most people fail to conquer their resolutions because they don't create new habits around the behaviors that they want to change. 

Building new habits isn't hard, but it does require diligence, discipline, and commitment to following a plan for at least 60 to 90 days. The key is to start small and pick one or two habits you want to focus on. Once those habits are ingrained, you can add more over the course of the rest of the year. 

Here is a list of the most powerful habits successful people incorporate into their lives. When you're committed to not only starting these behaviors but to making them an ongoing part of your life, your potential is truly endless.

SEE ALSO: Here's how to uncover your 'Zone of Genius' — the sweet spot between what you're great at and what fulfills you at work

1. They work smarter, not harder

The most successful executives I know don't log 90-hour weeks. Instead, they look for ways to be more efficient with their time. 

How to build it: Start to notice when you're most productive. Do you get twice as much done in the mornings? Do you get your second wind after dinner? Identify the times when you do your best work, and carve out an hour or two every day to get a lot done in that time frame. 

Breaks are equally important. See if you can "block" your schedule and accomplish brief chunks of focused work, then take breaks to recharge. The Pomodoro technique— 25 minutes of work followed by five-minute breaks — is one method, but choose the lengths of time that work best for you. You'll be surprised at how much more you can get done.



2. They value who they are

I truly believe that each of us has our own unique genius: the type of work and thinking at which we are best. The most successful people know their genius well — they value it in themselves, and they seek to use it every day. 

How to build it: If you're not sure what your genius is, this article can help you identify it. Every day, read the language that defines your genius, then say to yourself, "I value who I am and the value I bring to the world." Do this at least twice per day, every day for two months. You will quickly see how amazing it feels.



3. They continually educate themselves

Even the most successful people I know are never content with the status quo. They're constantly learning and looking for ways to grow.  

How to build it: With the abundance of information at our fingertips, this is simple. Think through the skills you'd like to hone or the subjects you'd like to learn more about, and find books, videos, or classes that will take your expertise to the next level. The hard part is sticking to these assignments — but try to make it fun by tackling one per month and rewarding yourself for completing it.



4. They're proactive about their career happiness

All of us, from time to time, feel stuck or unhappy at work — or have a sneaking suspicion that something's not working. But successful people don't let that paralyze them. They get curious, they start looking for data, and they take action. 

How to build it: For starters, download my Performance Tracker, a weekly check-in exercise that helps you measure aspects of your professional life — like how often you're "in the zone" and doing work that's meaningful to you. Do this for a month, and you will be able to clearly identify what's working in your job and what's not. You will have the data you need to be more proactive with your career, whether that means spending less time on tasks that aren't fulfilling or looking for a new role altogether.



5. They build their confidence

There are a lot of misconceptions about confidence. Many people think you're either born with it or you're not. That's simply not true. Confidence is a skill, and people who have a great deal of it have typically worked diligently over a long period of time to achieve it. 

How to build it: Pay attention to negative messages you're telling yourself. Do you compare yourself to your colleagues, or beat yourself up after tough conversations? See if you can just notice that thought process for a week or so. Once you're in the habit of noticing, tell yourself a different, more positive message, like "I am just as talented as my co-workers," or, "Everyone makes mistakes. I have the skills I need to learn from this and move forward."



6. They aren't deterred by failures

Ask any successful person, and each will have a long list of failures. They aren't deterred by these stumbles; rather, they learn from them. 

How to build it: This can be scary, but start tracking your failures as they happen — without judgment or blame. When something doesn't go the way you want it to, pause and write down what happened. Then (later, if you need to), think through what you might be able to learn from the situation. If it's hard to find opportunities for growth, think about the advice you might give a friend in a similar situation. Do this for two months, and you'll start to equate failure with a tool for being better.



7. They ask for feedback regularly

Similarly, the strongest leaders aren't afraid of feedback — from their peers, their higher-ups, or even their subordinates. Done right, this can be an equally powerful tool for learning and growing.

How to build it: Make a list of 10 people you work closely with or know well and trust. Create three questions that are specific to the feedback you desire. 

For example, if you're looking for feedback on your leadership style, you might ask: "What's one quality that you really enjoy about my leadership?" or, "What's one time in the past month you think I could have handled a conversation differently?" 

Mention that you're seeking more feedback and will reach out again in three months with additional questions. Encourage them to do the same and let them know you're more than willing to reciprocate.



8. They enjoy the process of their work — not just their achievements

Our society tends to focus on achievements: landing a promotion, scoring a big new client, or making a higher salary. But it's healthier, more fun, and less taxing to enjoy the process of your work, rather than living for the wins. 

How to build it: Each day, ask yourself: "Am I enjoying the process of doing my work just as much, if not more, than achieving the goals I've set?" When you start to answer "yes" more than "no," you're on the right track to receiving happiness from the right place. If you're not there yet, do the work to understand why achievements are driving you and how you might be able to add more enjoyment into your work.



9. They don't listen to society's rules — they make their own

This is all about being who you are — no matter how different that may be from others, your friends, or society. If you can make this a habit now, your career and life will be much happier and better for it.

How to build it: Every time you need to make a big decision, write down all of the pros and cons. Go through them again to reveal the origin of these ideas. Are they true to what you actually believe, or are they messages from your parents, workplace, or society? If it's the latter, scratch those items out. Do this for every big decision, and you will start to trust yourself and make the decisions that are right for you. You will soon find that you're living a life for yourself, and not for others.



10. They make health a priority

Finally, remember that success isn't just about your work; it's about you as a whole person. You will struggle to thrive if your health and wellness takes a back seat.

How to build it: You've heard most of this before, but it bears repeating: Get good sleep (I love Michael Breus's newsletter, which shares tips and products to help you sleep better). Exercise several times per week . And if you haven't already, build a meditation practice. Download an app, hire a meditation coach, find a meditation center, or book at least 15 minutes in your calendar to pause and focus on your breath. Do this for at least 30 days, and before you know it it will be something you can't live without.



5 women tried Outdoor Voices' TechSweat leggings — we unanimously agreed that they're some of the best we've ever worn

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Outdoor Voices Leggings

  • In 2018, Outdoor Voices launched TechSweat — a collection of lightweight workout gear that's cool to the touch and specially designed for hot, sweaty workouts.
  • TechSweat includes staples ranging from leggings to crop tops and skorts, and prices from $45 to $95 per item.
  • Recently, the TechSweat leggings underwent a fit update that gave them a new waistband, along with new colors.
  • To see how the leggings stacks up, Insider Picks tested the new TechSweat leggings ($75-$95) in our own workouts. Find our (unanimously positive) verdicts below. 

Outdoor Voices (OV) is, in large, partly defined by its unusual ability to appeal to both athletes and leggings-are-for-Sunday-errands athleisurites. The company recently released an athletic collection that manages to keep its cool aesthetic intact while supercharging the clothing's functionality.

TechSweat, built for severely sweaty, no-frills workout classes, gets its namesake from OV's relatively new TechSweat material: breathable, sweat-wicking, surprisingly cool-to-the-touch, and extremely pliable thanks to four-way stretch. The shorts promise to be the lightest and smoothest you'll ever wear, and the leggings to withstand the high-intensity, high-sweat exercises that feel like they're being hosted in the fiery brimstone of hell on a Monday morning. You can shop it in all your workout basics — leggings, bras/crops, tanks, shorts/skorts — and prices range from $45 for crop tops and flex shorts to $76 (originally $95) for two-tone leggings.

To see if the TechSweat material was really all it was chalked up to be, we had five women on the Insider Picks team put the TechSweat leggings to the test. You can find our personal experiences below, but the gist of it is this: these are great workout leggings. 

At first glance, the collection looks like any other Instagrammable pair designed by the company: high waists; flattering, intuitive seaming; and rich colors with names like Papaya and Baltic. But on the body — and, more importantly, in your spin class — there's no mistake that these leggings were built first and foremost for exercise. The material is soft and smooth and still works to somewhat sculpt the body, but doesn't catch or hold heat. It's responsive, flexible, and lightweight enough to escape notice during exercise. For us, it meant our attention could remain on our exercise, rather than on how quickly we could bail. 

All in all, TechSweat gear manages to marry OV's calling card style with a high, unexpectedly utilitarian performance level. We suggest ordering your typical size. Expect to spend a lot of time in them. 

We worked out in Outdoor Voices' TechSweat leggings. Here's what we thought:

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TechSweat 3/4 Leggings, $85

I am supremely picky about leggings. I don't like to own pairs that are specifically for workouts or specifically for lounging — I want the pairs that I'm happy to wear for either of those things, and the TechSweats do not disappoint. The material is incredibly stretchy and thin, but I never worry that it'll become see-through when I bend over. Instead, the thinness contributes to their breathability, responsiveness, and gentle supportiveness. The waistband is high and thick, so it stays secure over my hips, but it's not so stiff that I feel like I'm being squeezed in half, which is a huge pet peeve of mine with a lot of HIIT-specific leggings. They fit true-to-size, 

Overall, I just really love this pair and I wear them all the time, both at the gym and on the weekends. I didn't have a great experience with the Springs leggings, so I'm really glad I gave OV a second chance with these. And now they're the ones I recommend to any friends (or readers) looking for a good pair.—Sally Kaplan, Insider Picks editor 



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TechSweat Two-Tone Kneecap, $45 (originally $75)

After trying a different pair of OV leggings and not loving them, I have to admit that I was ready to write off the brand. However, these TechSweat leggings have whirled me around 180-degrees to become a fan. At first glance, I thought I maybe should've sized up, but they turned out to be very stretchy and forgiving, and my usual size fit perfectly. The waistband is a little stiffer than the legs, providing structure and support, while the rest of the leggings are flexible and breathable. If you have an intense workout or tend to sweat more in general, I do think the fabric will show your sweat — but if you don't care, you'll love the fit and feel for activities from running to HIIT workouts.  

I appreciate the inclusion of the back pocket, though to quell my paranoia, I do wish it was a zipped one instead. The brand's signature color-blocking design looks great. I have this idea in my head that cropped leggings make my already-short legs look even shorter, so I normally only buy full-length leggings, but OV's design (I got the Provincial Blue/Baltic color) really flatters my body! — Connie Chen, Insider Picks reporter



TechSweat 7/8 Two-Tone Leggings

TechSweat 7/8 Two-Tone Leggings, $76 (originally $95)

I'm particularly picky when it comes to leggings — it's hard to find a pair that are comfortable, can power through all kinds of workouts, and look great, too. When I find that trifecta, I get a little obsessed, like I am with this pair from Outdoor Voices.

The first thing I noticed slipping these on was how soft, stretchy, and lightweight they are. I'm always a little hesitant about such lightweight leggings as many lack support, but these are equal parts supportive and breathable — a winning combination for sweaty workouts. The high waistband keeps everything secure while you run, stretch, or bend, but it doesn't dig into your stomach like other high-waisted pants have a tendency to do. The two-toned blue color is really pretty, but also super flattering and although these are lighter colors, I haven't had any issues with sweat marks.

Beyond practicalities, I love the way these make my legs and butt look and I would (actually, make that will) definitely buy another pair. Remi Rosmarin, Insider Picks reporter



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TechSweat 7/8 Leggings, $85

Like Connie, after an initially underwhelming introduction to OV, I wasn't sure if the brand's larger-than-life hype would hold up. I own more than 20 pairs of workout leggings, and over two years of researching and reporting on products on top of that haven't made me an easy-to-please shopper.

But TechSweat really surprised me. Where the other OV leggings I had tried failed, these excelled. The TechSweat leggings manage to tread the very thin (some would say impossible) line between leggings fit for casual wear and those equipped with the performance level needed to withstand sweaty, punishing workouts all in one pair. I still wear my 2XU tights for the hottest conditions, but I may wind up wearing these more frequently overall, and I still gladly tug them on for HIIT classes. The breathable, flexible material is forgettable in exactly the way workout gear should be. The waist is tighter than the legs, but not uncomfortable. 

On top of functionality, it's worth mentioning that they're also pretty flattering on — strategic seaming accentuates leg muscles and shapes your bum, and a high waist elongates legs and seems to narrow the waist. My only substantial gripe is that I wish the back pocket had a zippered closure, and the downside to such great breathability and light colors is that you may run into noticeable panty lines with a noticeable pair on underneath. — Mara Leighton, Insider Picks reporter



TechSweat 3/4 Two-Tone Leggings

TechSweat 3/4 Two-Tone Leggings, $76

There's a lot of hype surrounding Outdoor Voices clothing. Some of it is well deserved, and some of it isn't … at least for the price. OV leggings aren't cheap (they range from $75 to $95 a pair), so I had high expectation for the TechSweat leggings when they landed on my desk to test. And … my verdict is in: These didn't disappoint. Their look is very Instagram-worthy, but it's their comfort and overall performance that sold me. They're very stretchy, but still supportive thanks to their high waistband; they're made of a thin-ish, but durable nylon blend that breaths better than other workout legging in my closet; and they're comfortable enough to wear when I'm not working out too. 

There are definitely cheaper leggings out there that are just as cute and high performing, but if you're itching to own an OV pair, definitely go for one from the TechSweat line. —Ellen Hoffman, director of content strategy for Insider Picks



A 'cave house' blasted into the side of a mountain in Arizona is on the market for just under $1 million. Here's a look inside.

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In the Mule Mountains in Bisbee, Arizona, sits a nearly 3,000-square-foot cave home.

The home's origin dates back to 1985 when a couple, who fell in love with the area, decided to blast away at the rock on the side of a mountain to carve out a home

According to a video by HGTV, the couple spent 15 years working on the project. They sold it in 2018 to its current owner for $987,000. It's now back on the market for $998,500.

The 37-acre property, which is filled with plants, trees, and natural pools, includes a two-level guest house and a small studio in addition to the cave house.

Keep reading for a look inside the unique home.

SEE ALSO: A California professor spends his summers living on an 80-square-foot boat and sailing through America's river communities. Here's a look at how he built the floating cabin with just $5,000.

DON'T MISS: A 3-bedroom 'pyramid' on top of a mountain in Malibu just hit the market for over $2 million — here's a look inside

According to a 2012 report by Forbes, the property in Bisbee, Arizona, is referred to as the "Cave House" by locals.

Source: Forbes



Bisbee is a historic city in Arizona that's known for its copper-mining past. It's home to 5,261 people and has a median home value of $127,000.

Source: Discover Bisbee, Niche



According to a video by HGTV, the cave home is elevated 5,300 feet and stays between 68 and 70 degrees year round.

Source: HGTV



The front door opens up to a sunroom, which doubles as a bedroom. It was built around the entrance of the cave.

Source: Tierra Antigua Realty



In the video, the home is described as having an L-shape with one hallway leading into the cave and another leading out.

Source: HGTV



Additional areas like the kitchen and dining room were added blast by blast off to the sides of the hallway. Each blast gave the couple around "10 feet in,10 feet up, and 10 feet wide," according to the video.

Source: HGTV



Listing agent Robert Maloney told Business Insider that there are two bedrooms and two bathrooms in the cave home.

Source: Tierra Antigua Realty



It spans 2,568 square feet.

Source: Tierra Antigua Realty



Detailed finishes, like a winding metal staircase in the living room, complement the cave's calm and inviting atmosphere.

Source: Tierra Antigua Realty



That winding staircase leads up to a cozy bedroom loft.

Source: Tierra Antigua Realty



According to HGTV, the cave's exit is 15 feet higher than its entrance.

Source: HGTV



Outside, the 37-acre property boasts a two-level guest house.

Source: Tierra Antigua Realty



According to Maloney, the guest house has two bedrooms and one bathroom.

Source: Tierra Antigua Realty



There's also a small studio next to an RV shed.

Source: Tierra Antigua Realty



In the studio, the kitchen area is located in the front while the bed and living area are toward the back.

Source: Tierra Antigua Realty



The property is filled with plants, trees, animal life, and natural pools that create waterfalls.

Source: Tierra Antigua Realty



The couple who first built the house sold it in 2018 to its current owner for $987,000. It's now back on the market, asking $998,500.

Source: Zillow



I cooked 4 Impossible Burgers at home, and it felt bizarrely familiar — these are the best and worst parts of the experience (BYND)

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Impossible Burger at home

  • Impossible Foods is finally offering its veggie-based version of ground beef in supermarkets.
  • Impossible already has burgers at Burger King (the Impossible Whopper) and White Castle, as well as a variety of smaller restaurants. This is the first time people can buy the ingredients directly and make their own Impossible meals.
  • I made Impossible Burgers for lunch and dinner — four in total between myself and my partner.
  • The experience was familiar, of course, but distinctly different from what I'm used to with ground beef.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

Burgers, as we all know, are delicious — a near-perfect combination of fatty, salty meat with creamy cheese and fresh vegetables, all wrapped in a soft, crusty bun.

In my mind, the ideal burger is something along the lines of what you'd find at Shake Shack or In-N-Out: a smashburger. Not the chain, but the concept: a relatively small, concise burger.

It's that type of burger, or something like it, that I set out to make with the newly available Impossible Foods "meat." The experience was both fascinating and familiar.

SEE ALSO: Impossible Foods CEO slams rivals' 'awful' products that he says help convince shoppers that all plant-based meat alternatives 'suck'

First and foremost, the raw version of the Impossible Burger looks an awful lot like highly processed ground beef.

Impossible's "beef" looks very similar to actual ground meat — albeit highly processed ground meat, along the lines of Spam.

It has a kind of compacted feeling as well, no doubt because of the way it's sold: in a plastic pouch. It feels condensed because it has been condensed.

This is a notable difference from ground beef that often comes in long strands, directly from the grinder. The best burgers are made from relatively loose ground beef that hasn't been "overworked," which felt like a strike against Impossible's "meat" right out of the box.

(Spoiler: It turned out to not be a problem at all.)



Yes, you can eat Impossible's "meat" totally raw. Honestly, it tastes pretty good uncooked.

If you've ever eaten a terrine, or a Thai laab, or another type of chopped-meat dish, you'll be right at home eating Impossible's "meat" raw. It could certainly use some salt, but the product straight out of the packaging packs a surprisingly savory, umami-rich punch.

Also of note: It's got a lot of chew, distinctly different from the paste-like consistency of pâté.

To that end, Impossible Foods has test-served its "beef" as tartare — and that's unsurprising. With the right crowd, it would totally work.



But let's not kid ourselves: My goal was making burgers, not eating veggie tartare.

For each of the four burgers I made, I did the same thing I'd do when making a standard burger:

  1. Weigh out 3 ounces of veggie meat.
  2. Gently roll it into a ball, then gently form that into a thin patty.
  3. Generously season both sides with salt and pepper.

I used a standard stainless-steel pan set over the highest flame on my hottest burner, slicked with a teensy bit of vegetable oil to prevent sticking (a 1/2 teaspoon or less). After two to three minutes, I flipped the patties and topped the seared side with a slice of white American cheese.

Outside of toasting the bun and preparing vegetables, this was the process I repeated for each of the four burgers I made. It is exactly the same process I use for making beef burgers, and it produces consistently delicious burgers.

What was most amazing, right off the bat, was how directly this process applied to Impossible's veggie burgers.



The Impossible Burger cooks very much like a beef burger, which was shocking to me.

Anyone who's cooked lots of burgers knows how to tell when to flip: The edges of the patty facing down start to curl a little and change color, and a bit of liquid tends to pool on the top.

It's an age-old sign that it's time to flip the burger, which is then quickly topped with a slice of cheese that can melt as the second side sears.

Impressively, the Impossible Foods veggie version acts very similar. If anything, I found that it seared a bit faster than a standard beef burger.

Best of all, the Impossible Burger is incredibly friendly to eaters who like crispy edges on their burgers (like me). Part of what Shake Shack is so well known for is exactly this, and it's stunningly easy to re-create with Impossible's veggie patty.



Visually, the Impossible Burger is stunningly close to the real thing.

There are some pretty impressive visuals inside an Impossible Foods burger.

It's got crags and a seared, crispy exterior, where melted cheese can blend with the patty to form something new. It bleeds, as you can see above, into the bun below it, just as a beef burger would — remember, I used almost no oil in the pan, so any juices coming off the patty are from the burger itself. The edges look like a loose amalgamation of protein strands, just like on a ground-beef patty.

Honestly, you could very likely market and sell these burgers as beef burgers and most people wouldn't be able to tell the difference.



But anyone paying close attention would quickly realize the difference: Impossible's burger doesn't taste like beef. It's close! But it's not beef.

Do you know the word "unctuous"? It's kind of gross-sounding, so bear with me for a moment: It means "of the nature of or characteristic of an unguent or ointment; oily; greasy."

Some of the best meat dishes are so great because of their unctuousness. Your favorite roast, for instance, is made particularly delicious because of the slow rendering of its fat, which makes the roast more tender and more flavorful.

Simply put: Fat is a major component of what makes meat taste good.

And not just any fat — the type of fat and the type of animal it's connected to (to say nothing of what the animal ate or how it was raised) can make a huge difference in taste and complexity. That's all before we start talking about how a particular dish was cooked.

No matter how much coconut oil and sunflower oil Impossible adds to its fake beef, it cannot replicate naturally occurring animal fat in meat. It can come close! And it does come close with its ground-beef replacement. But it's missing a layer of complexity that beef has.



But just because it doesn't taste exactly like beef doesn't mean it's not delicious. Let me be clear: The Impossible Burgers I made were absolutely delicious.

There are some massive upsides to making and eating an Impossible Burger over a beef burger.

For one, after eating several burgers, I didn't feel as if I'd eaten several burgers. It was clear that I'd eaten, but I didn't feel heavy or greasy or gross — I just felt pleasantly full.

For another, searing was even easier with the Impossible Burger than with a beef burger. It sits flatter against the pan, thus more easily pulling an even sear.

Perhaps most importantly, the Impossible Burger gets aggressively crispy, which is truly delightful insofar as it replicates one of the primary functions of a patty in a smashburger.



Let's talk downsides: the smell, the sliminess, and the lack of true beef flavor.

My initial impressions of Impossible Foods' meat were not positive.

When I took it out of the package, it reminded me more of opening a can of dog food (which I, unfortunately, do every day) than opening a butcher's package full of ground beef. There was a surprisingly strong scent, which ground beef usually doesn't have, and a general sliminess to the product. That latter bit was especially bad, because slimy ground beef is usually a good indication that it's gone bad.

About 25 seconds later, after I had more closely sniffed and actually tasted the veggie "beef," things improved considerably. It quickly leapt from alien object to something more familiar: a kind of verisimilitude of beef that my brain accepted as real enough.

My wife wasn't quite as easily sold. The first burger I made in her presence she said smelled like chocolate. By the second burger, her impression of the cooking smell had turned from "like chocolate" to "weird."

Notably, she ate the burger and didn't say it tasted bad — but she did say that "it doesn't taste like a burger."



The biggest downside of all: the premium price.

At most grocery stores, you'll pay anywhere from $3 to $8 for a pound of ground beef.

It's pretty rare to pay the higher end of that spectrum. I had to call the fanciest butcher shop in Brooklyn, The Meat Hook, which prides itself on being a more labor-intensive whole-animal butchery, to find some ground beef that costs $8 a pound.

But Impossible Foods is selling less than a pound of its ground "meat" — 12 ounces — for $9, a pretty stark comparison to the $3 you could pay for more ground beef.

I asked Impossible Foods CEO Pat Brown about the price during an Impossible Foods event in New York City last September. Here's what he had to say:

"We're priced in the range of what I would say is premium ground beef at this point, not the kind of super-mass-market ground beef. And that's because although structurally our economics are vastly better than the animal-based food industry — because we use less than a twenty-fifth of the land, a tenth of the water, less than a twelfth of the fertilizer input, and all the things that are driving expensive meat production — what we lack, that they have, is massive scale. We're scaling up right now from tiny to big, and it's only when we get to a bigger scale when we realize the advantages of our process. And our goal is to get our prices affordable to everybody in the world, not just even in the US but in the developing world, as fast as we possibly can. But it doesn't happen instantly, and we can't sell our products at a loss if we want to stay in business. Fortunately, we have more demand than we can handle at our current price."

In so many words: As Impossible's "meat" becomes more popular, its price should correspondingly decrease as its makers feel more of the financial benefits of the company's more environmentally friendly approach to food creation.

Let's hope that's the case, because $9 for 12 ounces is an awfully high price to pay for a burger.



The story of how Cartier's iconic New York store was paid for in pearls

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  • Francesca Cartier Brickell is a graduate in English literature from Oxford University, and a direct descendant of the Cartier family. She is a sought-after international lecturer on Cartier's illustrious history, and has given talks for major auction houses, museums, and societies. 
  • The following is an excerpt from her book, "THE CARTIERS: The Untold Story of the Family Behind the Jewelry Empire."
  • In it, she describes how Cartier's iconic townhouse was exchanged in a barter for Cartier pearls — and rigorously redesigned.
  • When they went to move in to the new store, the Cartier staff found themselves locked out — and out on the sidewalk with boxes of precious jewels.
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In the early twentieth century, a perfect pearl was considered the most valuable object in the world. The discovery of one in the Persian Gulf was a major event. It would even throw the global financial market into a state of high alert by depressing the value of everything else. It didn't take long for Alfred and his sons to become wise to the power of the small iridescent gemstones. The wealthiest women in the world bought Cartier's pearls, but of all the well-known pearl transactions, one stood out as being particularly significant for the firm. It involved a spoiled young bride, Maisie Plant, and her doting elderly husband, Morton Plant, a railroad and steamship magnate who was also the commodore of the very prestigious New York Yacht Club. 

Francesca Cartier Brickell

In 1916, Pierre Cartier put what he believed to be the most expensive necklace in the world in his New York showroom. With two strings of 55 and 73 perfect pearls, it was worth more than a million dollars (around $24 million in today's money) and became an overnight sensation. Many admirers traveled to see it in the flesh, but the 31-year-old Maisie Plant was more captivated than most. 

 

SEE ALSO: A jeweler who makes custom engagement rings took me behind the scenes of a workshop in NYC's Diamond District, and I finally understand why people drop 6 figures on rings

One evening, Maisie Plant and Pierre Cartier were seated next to each other at a dinner

She was extolling the beauty of Cartier's pearl necklace but claimed not to be able to afford it. Pierre knew that Morton Plant, in his sixties, was quite besotted by his much younger second wife and would make it his mission to ensure that whatever Maisie wanted she should have (much to the dismay of his grown-up children, who had their suspicions that their new stepmother was a gold-digger). Pierre also knew that Plant was considering selling his Renaissance- style mansion at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 52 Street because he felt the area was losing its residential feel. As both the five-story townhouse and the pearl necklace were valued in the region of a million dollars, Pierre wondered if Mr. Plant might be open to a deal: "Give me your townhouse, and I'll let you have the necklace." Fortunately for Maisie, her husband accepted the proposal. A pearl necklace was exchanged for a set of keys. And Cartier moved into the mansion. 



"The new building is being transformed. The room dividers are being demolished, the ceiling full of holes, there is plaster all up the stairs but I am beginning to like our local future. We can start French luxury in New York!"

So wrote Pierre to Jacques as he poured his energies and funds into renovating the new building. Only too aware that war was still raging in Europe, he felt that focusing on the business was the best thing he could be doing. Investing now (letters between the brothers estimated the total renovation cost at $900,000, or $24 million today) meant reaping rewards later. And with sales in Paris and London at rock-bottom levels, it was up to him to focus on underpinning future profits from the safety of America. 

Pierre had shopped around for architects. He asked both Louis and his sister-in-law for advice (her father had transformed a residential house on Place Vendôme in Paris into a bank). But eventually, he had selected a well-known American. William Welles Bosworth, who would go on to become a family friend, was instructed to create a store worthy of Cartier's distinguished clientele while maintaining a touch of the private house feel. The resulting store, Pierre insisted, must be attractive to American clients while remaining in keeping with the original Rue de la Paix showroom. It must still feel like Cartier.



Bosworth was not short of ideas, but ultimately this was Pierre's kingdom

Every detail — from the choice of the carpet to the wooden molding around the doors to the style of his desk— was run by him for approval. Cartier might be known for large gemstones, but it was above all a house of creativity and design: From the moment a client entered, they must know they were in an establishment of superior taste. Pierre may have lacked Louis' creative genius, but he was also an aesthete with a highly attuned sense of style. Several months after the refurbishment was completed, the Fifth Avenue Association awarded the house a gold medal for the best-transformed building in New York that year. 



After months of renovations, on the morning of October 1, 1917, Pierre sent several of his employees ahead to set up in advance of his arrival

Edward Bell, his assistant, traveled the short distance between the old location and the new in Cartier's van, squeezed in between two police detectives on the front seat with boxes of jewels filling the back. Jules Glaenzer, meanwhile, drove a little car into which he miraculously crammed a heavy display case. The men arrived at the address at the allotted time, where several office staff were waiting to help them unload the items. Before long, all the precious cargo was piled up on the sidewalk just outside the new store. 

The problem, they soon discovered, was that no one had the keys. Everyone in the group was under the impression that someone else had them, whereas in fact the builders had forgetfully walked off with them the previous day. They had to wait, the group of them, beside the little red boxes filled with rubies, emeralds, and diamonds, out on the sidewalk, while an office boy was dispatched to track the keys down. Glaenzer directed the situation with characteristic theatrical flair. The ladies of the office, in their large skirts, were instructed to make a circle around the precious cargo. Jules himself, trying to appear nonchalant, stood watch, fervently hoping that his society friends would not choose that moment to walk past. Cartier salesman Edward Bell later recalled "the feeling of relief when we were all safely inside ... We have now settled down to an effective organization, and Monsieur Pierre is delighted with the location — where it is certainly a pleasure to work —  and I cannot but feel that Monsieur Pierre's satisfaction is the moral result of endless difficulties successfully overcome."

From the book "THE CARTIERS: The Untold Story of the Family Behind the Jewelry Empire" by Francesca Cartier Brickell. Copyright © 2019 by Francesca Cartier Brickell. Published by Ballantine Books, an imprint of Random House, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. All rights reserved.



This electrolyte powder is used by athletes and firefighters to rehydrate quickly — it also helps me curb dehydration from alcohol, workouts, and sickness

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  • While we may brush off dehydration as an easily preventable problem caused by a hard workout or alcohol consumption, it can be a life-threatening issue in other parts of the world. 
  • DripDrop is an oral rehydration solution (ORS) originally created by a doctor to treat victims of cholera. It follows formulation guidelines set by UNICEF and the WHO and tastes better than previous forms of ORS. 
  • In addition to cholera and natural disaster victims, it's used by firefighters, the military, and athletes to quickly replenish lost fluids. 
  • DripDrop is also suitable for you and me. The individual powder packets contain essential electrolytes (and half the sugar of sports drinks) to help you recover from sickness, a workout, heat exposure, or a hangover. 

When you're dehydrated, you notice. You're thirsty, restless, and moody, and you might even faint. Whether you've just completed a tough workout or woken up after a Friday night out, the first thing you probably do to replenish those lost fluids is reach for water or an electrolyte drink. 

While these instances of dehydration aren't usually life-threatening, the creator of electrolyte powder DripDrop has encountered plenty of other situations where it was. After witnessing a cholera outbreak in Guatemala, where children were throwing up from the bad taste of existing oral rehydration solutions (ORS), Dr. Eduardo Dolhun wanted to create an ORS that was both effective and tasty. 

What exactly is an ORS and how does it work? 

ORS stands for "oral rehydration solution" and is a balanced glucose-electrolyte mixture. It was first created in the late 1960s to treat the effects of cholera (vomiting and diarrhea) in Bangladesh and India. The mix of salts, sugar, and water work to counter dehydration symptoms by triggering water absorption in the small intestine. Through osmosis, sodium and glucose transport water from the gut into the bloodstream. 

Today, the World Health Organization and UNICEF recommend a specific ORS formulation for effective treatment of clinical dehydration. 

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DripDrop as an ORS 

DripDrop follows this recommended formula and comes in single-serving sticks in three flavors (watermelon, lemon, and berry). Each 10-gram serving contains 35 calories and seven grams of sugar, which is half the sugar of a comparable serving of a sports drink like Gatorade. 

Since its introduction, DripDrop has been used to treat dehydration in the victims of natural disasters like the 2010 Haiti earthquake and Pakistan floods.

The ORS is also carried by firefighters, US military medics and troops, and athletes. It's "Certified for Sport" by NSF International, a program trusted by the MLB, NHL, NFL, and PGA, among other sports organizations. 

Trying DripDrop for ourselves 

All these high-intensity uses of DripDrop have us reassured of its efficacy — if it's being used to save children's lives and fuel professional athletes, it's good enough to use on our sick and hungover days. 

Since it comes in individual packs, it's convenient to store in my bag or desk. As long as I have access to water, I can make myself an electrolyte drink and rehydrate myself. I always drink water throughout and after my workouts, but I noticed that taking DripDrop helps me recover even faster.  I also like that it tastes as good as a sports drink, but isn't as caloric or sugary. 

My editor also found it to be helpful as she recovered from a bout of the stomach flu, which left her nauseous and dehydrated. She said the taste wasn't overwhelming, even when her stomach and palate were sensitive. 

The bottom line

DripDrop is a highly effective dehydration solution that's used all over the world for a variety of purposes. It's the best way you can replenish lost fluids, and this effect comes with no compromises — it's convenient to make and drink, it's healthier than sports drinks, and it tastes good. 

 

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I rode the legendary Trans-Siberian Railway on a 2,000-mile journey across 4 time zones in Russia. Here's what it was like spending 50 hours on the longest train line in the world.

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  • The Trans-Siberian Railway is the longest railway line in the world, spanning 5,772 miles (9,289 kilometers) and connecting Moscow to Russia's far east.
  • On a recent trip to Russia, I spent 50 hours on a Trans-Siberian train from the Siberian city of Novosibirsk to Moscow. The more than 2,000-mile journey crossed four time zones.
  • I paid $148 for a second-class ticket to stay in a compartment with three other passengers.
  • I expected the train to be filled with tourists, but most of the other passengers seemed to be Russians traveling for work.
  • For more than two days, I had to deal with not showering or changing clothes, entertaining myself without cell service or WiFi, and having a cramped and smelly bathroom, mediocre food, and a snoring compartment mate.
  • But it was the experience of a lifetime, and I would do it again — with a few key changes.
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The Trans-Siberian Railway is the longest railway line in the world, running from Moscow all the way to Vladivostok, near the border with China.

The legendary railway, which is 5,772 miles (9,289 kilometers) long and crosses seven time zones, has become a dream trip for many adventurous travelers. So on a recent trip to Russia, I had to give it a try.

I rode the Trans-Siberian Railway from Novosibirsk, the largest city in Siberia and the third-largest city in Russia, to Moscow. The journey took about 50 hours, so I spent two nights on the train.

Here's what it was like.

SEE ALSO: Photos show what life is like in a Siberian diamond mining town on the edge of the Arctic Circle, which is home to 40,000 people and where the sun is up for 20 hours a day in the summer

DON'T MISS: I toured a gated estate outside of Moscow that was built by the 'Trump of Russia.' From its golf course to the mansions I was forbidden to photograph, it wasn't hard to see its appeal for the country's billionaires.

With a total length of 5,772 miles, the Trans-Siberian Railway is the longest in the world.

Source: Lonely Planet



It connects Moscow to Vladivostok in Russia's far east.

Source: Trans-Siberian Travel Company



The railway took 25 years to build.

Construction on the Trans-Siberian Railway started in 1891 and was completed in 1916.

Builders had to deal with hostile weather conditions and building train tracks on permafrost and mountainous terrain.



My journey on the Trans-Siberian began in Novosibirsk, a city of 1.6 million people in Siberia.

I'd arrived in Novosibirsk after a three-hour flight from the diamond-mining town of Mirny.

Novosibirsk, the largest city in Siberia and the third-largest in Russia, is about 267 miles from the southern border with Kazakhstan.



Before I got on the train, I had to stock up on some essentials for the journey, so I headed to a grocery store right across the street from the train station.

I had read multiple blog posts with recommended packing lists for the Trans-Siberian Railway, so I had a pretty good idea of what I needed.

I bought slippers, bottled water, tea, dried noodles, granola bars, baby food (that was not on the lists; I just like it), chocolate, and what I thought was oatmeal but turned out, unfortunately, to be buckwheat.

I also grabbed some hand sanitizer, tissues, and baby wipes, which I'd read are essentials on the railroad.



Terrified that I might miss my train, I arrived at the Novosibirsk train station an hour before it was scheduled to leave.

The station, at more than 322,900 square feet, is one of the largest in Russia.



I had some trouble finding the correct platform, but after frantically asking multiple people "Trans-Siberian?" and getting gestures in the right direction, I eventually found it.

Train attendants were standing outside each train door, checking tickets. I found my carriage, showed my e-ticket to the attendant, and hauled my small yet deceptively heavy suitcase up the steps and onto the train.



The train corridor was narrow. In order for two people to pass, they'd both have to turn to the side.

I looked for my compartment, No. 26, where I was assigned an upper bunk.



The compartment was a bit smaller than I had expected. I had a second-class ticket, which I'd bought about three weeks in advance for $148.

I'd considered buying a first-class ticket because it wasn't much more expensive, but first-class tickets either weren't available on this train or were sold out — the website wasn't clear.



I was the last member of my four-person compartment to arrive. The other passengers were three Russian men who appeared to be in their 30s. Later, I would learn they were all in the military and taking the train home from work.

The three men, one of whom was not wearing a shirt (it was hot), looked at me with alarm as I appeared in the doorway of the compartment.

I waved and said, "Hello!"

They immediately stood up, greeted me in Russian, and then headed for the door. One of them helped me put my suitcase up above the door, and then all three went out and stood in the hallway, apparently to give me my space as I got situated.

I put my other bag up on the top bunk and then sat down, feeling very hot and wondering if there was air conditioning in this train. After a few minutes, my compartment mates came back in and introduced themselves as Aleksandr, Sergey, and Konstantin.



The bunks in our compartment were a little wider than half the size of a twin bed. Near the door, small ladders unfolded to allow the upper-bunk passenger to climb up. Even with the ladder, clambering up to my bunk wasn't particularly easy or graceful. I hoped I wouldn't have to pee in the middle of the night.

There didn't seem to be any clear etiquette for whether I should be able to sit on the bottom bunk — as it was someone's bed — but my three Russian friends made it clear I could sit there whenever I wanted.

After the train got moving, the air conditioning kicked on, though it wasn't very strong.



The bottom bunks each had a power outlet.

The upper bunks had only USB ports, but that was fine with me, as I only really needed to charge my phone.



A pillow and a blanket were waiting for me on my bunk when I got on the train, and about an hour in, the attendant came around and handed out pillowcases, sheets, and duvet covers.

The mattress was about 3 inches thick and reasonably comfortable.



The attendant also handed out a hygiene kit that included a pair of flimsy blue slippers, a toothbrush, toothpaste, and a wet wipe.

I already had all these things with me, but it was good to know I had backups.



Next to the bathroom was a garbage bag and chute.

The bag was emptied and replaced regularly.



The bathroom was cramped and far from luxurious.

When I flushed, I saw the contents of the toilet fall directly onto the tracks rushing by below.

The unspoken rule was that toilet paper should be thrown in the trash instead of in the toilet, but not everyone abided by that.



The sink was tiny, maybe slightly larger than an airplane sink. The first time I used it, I squirted soap all over my hands and then tried to turn the red knob. Nothing happened. Assuming it was broken, I rubbed the soap off my hands with a paper towel and went back to the compartment.

I alerted my three new Russian friends that the bathroom sink was broken. Looking amused, Aleksandr shook his head and gestured for me to follow him back to the bathroom. As it turned out, to turn on the sink you had to push up on a small lever jutting out from right underneath the faucet, which did not seem obvious at all.

While the bathroom was bare-bones, it was cleaned regularly and remained stocked with toilet paper, hand soap, and paper towels throughout my 50-hour journey.



In the middle of the hallway was a power outlet and a sign listing all the stops on the way to Moscow, including the exact time and how long the train would sit at the station.

In the smaller towns, stops were often only two to five minutes, just enough time for some passengers to get on and off.

Other stops were up to 40 minutes.



I wore my trusty mint-green slippers throughout my journey on the train. They were convenient because I could easily slip them off to climb up on my bunk and back on when I went to the bathroom or for a stroll in the corridor.

I also wore the same clothes the whole time.

Gross? Yes. But I didn't want to change clothes in the cramped bathroom — partially for fear that the train would jolt and I'd fall into the toilet — and as nobody else seemed to change clothes in my compartment, I didn't want to be the weird American exposing myself to everyone.



At the other end of the train car from the bathroom was the most underrated part of the journey: the samovar, or hot-water kettle.

The samovar has an endless supply of hot water for tea, noodles, instant coffee, or whatever your heart desires.

Throughout my journey, I drank more tea than I ever had in my life, mainly because I was bored, but also because I didn't feel like I'd brought enough drinking water. (I brought three liters.)

As luck would have it, toward the end of my time on the train, a few hours before I got to Moscow, I learned there was a faucet for drinking water near the attendant's compartment.



I was most excited for the scenery I would see on my train journey.

After we left Novosibirsk, the landscape turned into picturesque, gently rolling hills and forests.



Here and there we passed small towns and villages.

Siberia is home to about 36 million people, or roughly 25% of Russia's population, according to the multilingual Russian publication Russia Beyond.



Almost every house I saw had a garden in the backyard.



At about 6:30 p.m., an hour and a half after I boarded the train, the attendant came around to take orders for dinner.

At first, I politely declined because I had eaten just before I got on the train. It was also because I'd heard the Trans-Siberian train food was overpriced and mediocre, but I did plan on trying it at some point.

But Aleksandr, Sergey, and Konstantin seemed concerned and told me — via Google Translate — that it was included in the price of my ticket, which I didn't know. I went ahead and ordered the chicken dish because that's what everybody else ordered. (The other option was beef.) It came with a type of buckwheat, which I learned is a popular Russian dish called grechka.

The food was indeed mediocre. It was hot, but the chicken didn't have much flavor, and the grechka was even more tasteless. I subsisted on snacks and instant noodles for the rest of my journey.



Dinner also came with a little box with a water bottle, some packaged salami, a cookie that was something like a knockoff Oreo, and plastic utensils.

The salami actually wasn't bad, but the fake Oreo did not appeal to me. I meant to try it later, but it must have gotten thrown away at some point.



While we ate, I chatted with my three new friends through Google Translate. I'd read that I'd have neither cellphone service nor WiFi on most of the train journey, so I downloaded the offline version of Google Translate for Russian. It ended up being a lifesaver.

Through our Google Translate conversation, I learned that Aleksandr, Sergey, and Konstantin would be on the train with me for only about eight hours: They were getting off at Omsk, where they lived, at about 1 a.m.

I told them I had just come from Yakutia, and they seemed shocked, though Aleksandr said his uncle lives there.

One of the first things they asked me was: "Why did you not take a plane to Moscow?"

I tried to explain that it was for the adventure! The experience! They didn't get it.



I drank some tea with water from the trusty samovar down the hall.

The tea mug had a traditional Russian metal tea-glass holder called a podstakannik, which used to be seen in taverns but is now primarily used on long-distance trains.



After a day of taking airplanes and taxis, and making sure I made it on the train, I was glad to have some time to relax on my bunk. There wasn't quite enough room for me to comfortably sit up, so I laid down against my pillow to read.

I hadn't planned on going to bed early, but the gentle rocking of the train was unexpectedly soothing, and I was soon asleep.

I woke up at about 12:30 a.m. when my bunkmates got up and started packing up their things. At 1 a.m., the train stopped in Omsk, where they were to get off. We said our goodbyes and then I promptly went back to sleep for another seven hours or so.

That said, I'm not really sure how long it was because the time zone changed sometime in the night.



When I woke up the next morning, I had three new traveling companions in my compartment, all Russian: two middle-aged sisters traveling together, and a middle-aged man traveling by himself. I said hello and then ate a granola bar for breakfast while reading (what else?) "Anna Karenina."

Later, I briefly chatted with my three new companions, mostly via Google Translate, though the man and one of the women spoke a little English.

"You're not afraid to travel in Russia alone?" one of the sisters asked me.

I shrugged and said, "Not really."

"Because we are," she said. "Russia is a dangerous place."

The man said it would be better to travel on the train with a friend, and I thought he was probably right, though more for the company than for safety. I never felt unsafe on the train.



I went to check out the dining car, which I'd heard was only two cars over.

I didn't plan to eat in the dining car, because I'd read that the food was overpriced and not very good. If it was anything like the chicken-and-buckwheat meal I'd been served the night before, I wasn't too keen to try it.



The dining car was nothing fancy.

I tried to sit down at one of the tables and read my book, but I was sternly ushered out by one of the train employees, so I deduced that you had to actually order something to hang out there.



Beer and wine were sold at the small bar.

A quick glance at a menu showed me that I could get the same chicken-and-buckwheat meal from the night before in the dining car. Most of the dishes were some combination of beef, fish, potatoes, cabbage, and buckwheat.

Most of the main dishes were 600 to 800 rubles, or about $9 to $12, which I found to be relatively pricey. Most of my meals in Russia so far, even in Moscow, had cost $5 to $8.



The two sisters and the man were on the train with me for about 18 hours total, I believe, but time seemed to have lost all meaning at that point.

In Yekaterinburg, a city about 27 hours from Moscow, many people got on and off the train.

A tour group of about 10 people arrived in my car in Yekaterinburg, and to my surprise, they were all English-speakers — some from Australia, some from the UK, and others from Canada.

I had yet another set of new compartment buddies, this time an Australian couple named Ian and Astrid who appeared to be in their 60s, and a Russian woman named Marina, who told me via Google Translate that she was 60 years old, was retired and living in Moscow, and received a pension of 1,000 rubles (about $15) per month.



After my first night on the train, I was desperately wishing for a shower. Some Trans-Siberian trains have showers in their first-class cars, but as far as I knew, my train didn't even have a first-class car.

Each morning and evening, I gave myself a wet-wipe bath and brushed my teeth in the bathroom. It helped a little, but I still felt gross for the majority of the trip.

My second day on the train dragged by. It didn't help that we crossed four time zones, so it felt like I was going back in time even as I wished for it to move faster.

I spent some time talking to Ian and Astrid. It was nice to be able to talk to someone after so many hours of Google Translate-only communication. I learned that they lived on a farm near Brisbane and were two weeks into a 10-week trip across China, Mongolia, Russia, and Europe.



I spent a lot of time on my favorite pastime: pacing up and down the corridor, drinking tea.

It was a way to get a tiny bit of much-needed movement, and I got a glimpse into the other compartments.

Each compartment was like a peek into a distinct little world. In one, a woman was lying down reading. In another, a family was eating ham sandwiches and drinking tea out of the same mug I was.

I also napped a lot.

Thanks to our train attendant, a middle-aged blond woman who wore a long light-blue dress and glasses, the carriage stayed clean throughout the journey.

Every few hours, it seemed, she would vacuum the hallway and the individual compartments, clean the bathroom, empty the trash, and wipe down various surfaces in the hallway.

She would also meticulously straighten the pink-and-white-striped rug that spanned the length of the train car.



The scenery eventually got pretty monotonous. Yes, it was beautiful — all greenery, trees, wildflowers, and sunshine. But there wasn't much variety.

The second afternoon, there was a brief thunderstorm, which was an exciting change of pace. But then back to trees and sunshine.



But every once in a while, the trees would open up and I'd get a glimpse of something new, like a sparkling river.

People were floating down the river and camping and swimming on its banks.



We passed some cute riverfront houses.

I wondered how much they would cost and who lived there.

I didn't sleep as well my second night on the train as I had the first night because Marina snored louder than anyone I've ever heard, and Astrid complained about the snoring louder than anyone I'd ever heard.



A little over six hours before the end of the journey, we had one of our final stops in the town of Danilov, a little over 200 miles from Moscow.

A couple of small shops at the station were selling cookies, chips, sandwiches, ice cream, and other snacks.



Local women were selling fresh strawberries and cherries on the other side of the train station's gate.

I didn't buy any.

After more than 40 hours on a train with little physical activity, I didn't have much of an appetite.



A few stray dogs were hanging out on the platform, soaking up the sunshine and the attention from train passengers.

The last six hours were uneventful. I read a little bit, slept a little bit, and dreamed about sleeping in a real bed.



Just before 5 p.m., we arrived in Moscow right on schedule, 50 hours after we departed Novosibirsk.

I had never been so happy to get off a train before — but at the same time, I was sad it was over.

It was my first time riding a sleeper train, and getting to travel more than 2,000 miles on one across Russia was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.



By the time I got back to Moscow, my 50-hour train journey had spanned more than 2,000 miles and four time zones.

Compared with the rush and constant movement of the other 10 days I spent in Russia, the weekend on the Trans-Siberian was a welcome chance to relax, catch up on sleep, read, and just be alone with my thoughts.

Chatting with locals who were absolutely perplexed about why I would take the Trans-Siberian for fun was an added bonus.

Though the train ride was far from luxurious, I wouldn't hesitate to do it again — with a few key changes.

An obvious one is that it would be more enjoyable traveling with a friend (or three, so we could have a compartment to ourselves).

I would also bring a better variety of snacks. The Australian couple brought some meat, cheese, and bread to make sandwiches, as well as some fruit. My granola bars and dried noodles got old very quickly.

And finally, I would try to choose a route with more varied scenery if possible — or time my naps better. At one point, the Australian couple told me we passed through the Ural Mountains and got some stunning mountain views. I, of course, was napping.



The best online deals and sales happening now

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We rounded up the 13 best sales and deals happening online today, with savings on clothing and footwear at L.L.Bean, bedding at Boll & Branch, monogrammed items at Mark & Graham, and more.

Deals in this story are subject to change throughout the day. The prices listed reflect the deal at the time of publication. For even more deals and savings across the web, check out Business Insider Coupons.

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Additional Business Insider-exclusive deals and longer-term sales going on now:

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1. Save up to 50% on sale items at L.L.Bean

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L.L.Bean is kicking off the New Year with a huge winter sale. Right now, you can save up to 50% on sale styles. With flannels, sweaters, fleeces, Bean Boots, and much more included in the sale, you'll find everything you need for the winter season. 



2. Save up to 50% at Boll & Branch

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Luxury bedding startup Boll & Branch is clearing out inventory with a big end-of-season sale — and the discounts are massive. Right now, you can save up to 50% on a selection of sheets, duvets, blankets, and pillows. 



3. Save 30% on sale items at Todd Synder

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New York menswear brand Todd Snyder walks the line between high fashion and streetwear. Right now, you can save 30% on sale items by using the promo code "BIG30" at checkout. You'll find everything from casual pieces like sweatshirts and button-up to more formal items like blazers and trousers. 



4. Save up to 65% on sale styles at Kate Spade

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The holidays might be over, but designer handbag and accessories brand Kate Spade is still holding its big holiday sale. Until January 5, you can save up to 65% on sale styles by using the promo code "BIGGESTSALE" at checkout. You can save big on totes, backpacks, crossbody bags, belt bags, and more. 



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Frank And Oak is a Montreal-based clothing startup that's dedicated to reducing its carbon footprint with sustainable materials and production methods. The brand is having a big winter sale — and more than 150 new items were just added. For a limited time, you can save up to 60% on outerwear, jeans, fleeces, sweatshirts, and more. 



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Mark & Graham was founded in 2012 with the intention of making the gifting process feel a bit more personalized. Here, you can get everything from monogrammed bags and luggage to practical items like wallets and tech cases. Today only, you can save up to 70% at Mark & Graham.



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With a 100-night free sleep trial, you have nothing to lose if you opt to give Purple a try. One Insider Picks reviewer claimed the Original helped him keep cool at night and feel more refreshed in the mornings.

For a limited time, you'll get a free sheet set and two free plush or purple pillows when you buy a Purple Hybrid or Hybrid Premier mattress (valued up to $327), or choose from one sheet set, Purple pillow, or Plush pillow when you purchase a Purple Mattress (valued up to $129).



9. Get a one-month free trial through ClassPass

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After the holidays, you may have resolved to get back to the gym and start fresh in the new year. ClassPass is offering a one-month free trial for all new sign-ups from now through the end of January. Your free trial will give you 35 credits that can be used to access thousands of studios and gyms in over 2,500 cities. Click here to find out more about ClassPass and this deal.



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If traveling is on your bucket list for the new year, then you might want to consider signing up for a Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card. You'll get 50,000 miles when you spend $3,000 in your first three months and your first year's annual fee of $95 is waived. This card will also earn you 10x the miles when you book hotels through hotels.com and for every 10 nights you book through Hotels.com, you'll earn a free night. Learn more about the Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card and other credit card deals here.

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Apple Music is one of the most popular streaming services available, and Best Buy is offering a free four-month trial with no purchase required. All you have to do is make sure you're signed into your account — and if you don't have one you can sign up here.  



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Mark Zuckerberg was just spotted shopping at Costco. Look inside the lives of surprisingly frugal millionaires and billionaires, from businessmen like Warren Buffett to A-list celebs like Jennifer Lawrence.

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Mark Zuckerberg doesn't need to hunt for wholesale bargains at Costco, but that doesn't stop him from doing it anyway.

The billionaire Facebook CEO was spotted in the electronics section of a Costco store in Mountain View, California, alongside wife Priscilla Chan on December 13, TMZ reported. But he's not the only billionaire that goes out of his way to pinch pennies. Many millionaires and billionaires have something in common, aside from having high net worths: They're frugal.

It's this characteristic that helped them become rich in the first place, according to Sarah Stanley Fallaw, director of research for the Affluent Market Institute. She co-authored "The Next Millionaire Next Door: Enduring Strategies for Building Wealth," in which she surveyed more than 600 millionaires in America.

To identify characteristics that are the most predictive of net worth, Stanley Fallaw conducted two studies that included a group of individuals with net worths ranging from $100,000 to $1 million and a group of high- and ultra-high-net-worth individuals.

She found that six behaviors, which she called "wealth factors," are related to net-worth potential, regardless of age or income. One of those is frugality — a commitment to saving, spending less, and sticking to a budget.

That's not surprising when you consider the habits of some of the richest people: Warren Buffett is notoriously frugal, and Richard Branson has previously said that displays of wealth embarrass him. The same extends to some A-list celebrities who rake in millions for their movies and TV appearances.

Here's a look inside the lives of some famously frugal millionaires and billionaires.

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Sarah Stanley Fallaw, director of research for the Affluent Market Institute, studied more than 600 millionaires for her book, "The Next Millionaire Next Door: Enduring Strategies for Building Wealth."



She found that six behaviors, which she called "wealth factors," are related to net-worth potential, regardless of age or income.

Source: "The Next Millionaire Next Door"



One of those factors, frugality, came up several times during Stanley Fallaw's research — many of the millionaires she interviewed stressed the freedom that comes with spending below their means.

Source: "The Next Millionaire Next Door"



"Spending above your means, spending instead of saving for retirement, spending in anticipation of becoming wealthy, makes you a slave to the paycheck, even with a stellar level of income," she wrote.

Source: "The Next Millionaire Next Door"



Several of the most well-known millionaires and billionaires built wealth by living frugally — a habit they continue to practice even after becoming rich.

Source: "The Next Millionaire Next Door"



Consider the billionaire Warren Buffett, who's worth $89.9 billion and is currently the fourth-richest person in the world. Not one for lavish purchases, he spends relatively little money.

Source: Business Insider, Bloomberg



He previously told CNBC and Yahoo Finance's "Off the Cuff" that he's "never had any great desire to have multiple houses and all kinds of things and multiple cars."

Source: Business Insider



He still lives in his modest Omaha, Nebraska, home, which he bought for $31,500 in 1958.

Source: Business Insider



He also drives a relatively modest set of wheels — a 2014 Cadillac XTS, which had an MSRP of $44,600.

Source: GOBankingRatesUS News & World Report



And instead of buying a smartphone, he uses a flip phone.

Source: Business Insider



Buffett also famously pays only $18 for a haircut.

Source: Marketwatch



And he doesn't pay much for food — he spends no more than $3.17 on his daily McDonald's breakfast and gets dinner at the modest Gorat's steak house, where the menu items range from $3 to $41.

Source: Business Insider



Then there's "Canada's Warren Buffett," the billionaire Jim Pattison, who earned his nickname from his own relatively frugal lifestyle. Pattison is worth $6.17 billion ...

Source: Business Insider, Bloomberg



... but, like Buffett, he keeps his wheels modest, driving a Dodge Ram 1500 Laramie truck around his hometown. The pricing for the 2019 model ranges from $31,695 to $56,495.

SourceEdmundsBloomberg



His frugality partly stems from his upbringing: Pattison was born during the Great Depression and grew up poor, wearing hand-me-downs and living in "Vancouver's gritty east side."

Source: Bloomberg



"Most of the time, I didn't have the money to buy anything that was any good, so I had to buy stuff that nobody wanted," Pattison told Bloomberg.

Source: Bloomberg



The billionaire Richard Branson — who's now worth $5.75 billion — also has modest roots. He's frugal when it comes to luxury items, largely because he grew up in a middle-class family.

Source: The Guardian, Business Insider, Bloomberg



"The idea of having a possession that is there just as pure luxury, and is not actually paying its bills is something which I'd be embarrassed about," he previously told The Guardian.

Source: The Guardian



You wouldn't find a lot of expensive artwork hanging in any of his homes — he prefers to buy watercolors at reasonable prices.

Source: The Guardian



He also doesn't spend much on clothes.

Source: The Guardian



To Branson, the biggest luxury isn't money: "If we're talking about personal luxuries — and the luxury of being your own boss — the biggest reward is the amount of time one can find for family and friends."

Source: The Guardian



Like Pattison and Branson, Charlie Ergen's frugal habits at work and home also take root in the way he was brought up. Ergen stepped down as CEO of Dish Network in December 2017 and has a net worth of $12.6 billion.

Source: Business Insider, Business Insider, Bloomberg



"My mom grew up in the Depression," he told the Financial Times. "I don't have a mahogany desk."

Source: The Financial Times



Every day, he brown-bags his lunch, which consists of a sandwich and Gatorade.

Source: Business Insider



Despite her $4 billion net worth, Judy Faulkner, the founder of Epic Systems, also resists the lavish life: "I never had any personal desire to be a wealthy billionaire living lavishly," she wrote.

Source: Business Insider, Forbes



She reportedly has owned only two cars in the past 15 years and has lived in the same Madison, Wisconsin, suburb for nearly three decades.

Source: Business Insider



Mark Zuckerberg — currently the fifth-richest person in the world, with a net worth of $80 billion — also lives a relatively low-key lifestyle.

Source: Business Insider, Bloomberg



His daily uniform consists of a simple T-shirt, a hoodie, and a pair of jeans.

Source: Business Insider

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He and his wife, Priscilla Chan, famously chowed down on McDonald's shortly after their backyard wedding in 2012 ...

Source: Business Insider



... and were spotted browsing at Costco in Mountain View, California, on December 13.

Source: TMZ



He's also been spotted driving relatively inexpensive cars, including an Acura TSX, a Volkswagen hatchback, and a Honda Fit, all of which are valued at or under $30,000.

Sources: Business Insider, CNBC



Jeff Bezos is also known to live modestly.

Source: Business Insider



With a net worth of $118 billion, Bezos is the richest person alive, but he used to drive a 1987 Chevy Blazer. As of 2013, he was driving a Honda Accord.

Source: Business Insider, Bloomberg



But billionaires, CEOs, investors, and businesspeople aren't the only ones who live frugally. Some celebrities don't act like they have millions to their names.



Consider Tyra Banks, who has always been more of a saver than a spender. One estimate puts the businesswoman, model, and producer's net worth at $90 million.

Source: Business Insider, INSIDER



"While a lot of models were partying it up and going shopping and buying a closet of designer clothes or staying at the top hotels during fashion week, I was at the DoubleTree or Embassy Suites, saving my money, and bought a house at 20 years old," she once said.

Source: MONEY via Business Insider



"I was always more interested in experiences over things," she told Money magazine. "Things didn't make me happy. I saved, saved, saved. But I saved to a fault."

Source: MONEY via Business Insider



Her accountants told her she needed to spend money and had her set up a frivolous account, in which she had to budget to spend money on "stupid stuff."

Source: MONEY via Business Insider



With the exception of his well-known car collection, Jay Leno — who has an estimated net worth of $350 million — is also quite the saver.

Source: Business Insider, Money



He has always tried to hold two jobs, spending the money from one job while saving money from the other.

Source: Business Insider



Early in his comedy career, Leno also worked at a car dealership. He saved his comedy money and spent his car-dealership money.

Source: Business Insider



When he hosted the "Tonight Show," he saved all of his "Tonight Show" money — reportedly as much as $30 million per year, according to CNBC — and spent only the money he made from stand-up-comedy touring.

Source: Business Insider



Likewise, Jennifer Lawrence, who was born to a middle-class family, has always been thrifty.

Source: Business Insider



"I was raised to have value for money, to have respect for money, even though you have a lot of it," she previously said.

Source: Business Insider



Even after her rise to fame and consequently hefty payouts — she received $15 million for the 2018 film "Red Sparrow" and was one of the highest-paid actresses that same year — she lived for several years in the same three-bedroom apartment she got when she moved to Los Angeles.

Source: Business Insider, Variety, Forbes



And she's been spotted driving a Chevy Volt, which has a $39,000 price tag.

Source: Business Insider



She also loves to clip coupons. "I still look for bargains when I go to the market," she said in an interview.

Source: Business Insider



The actress and singer Kristen Bell also loves coupons — she's previously said she exclusively shops with them.

Source: Business Insider



She's particularly a fan of Bed Bath & Beyond's 20% off coupons. "I may or may not have stolen them out of my neighbors' mailboxes sometimes," she told Conan O'Brien.

Source: Business Insider



And her wedding with Dax Shepard famously cost just $142, including the gas to get to the courthouse.

Source: Business Insider



That's pretty frugal for someone who reportedly earns $125,000 per episode of the TV show "The Good Place" — and that's not counting her undisclosed earnings from the movie "Frozen," which grossed more than $1.2 billion at the box office.

Source:The Cheat Sheet



Amex Offers have saved me money and earned me bonus points at J Crew, FreshDirect, and Amazon — here are some of the offers you can get right now

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I love the Amex Platinum card for widely known perks like airport lounge access and 5x points on flights booked directly with the airline, but the card also comes with some lesser-known benefits that can save you money.

One of those benefits that's available through virtually every Amex card, but isn't the most widely known, is Amex Offers. In this past year alone, I've used offers to save money on purchases from J.Crew, Instacart, and FreshDirect, and to earn bonus points at Amazon.

What are Amex Offers?

The Amex Offers program provides cardholders with discounts at various stores, restaurants, or services, or, if not a discount, then chances to earn extra points.

The interesting part of the program is that each offer is specifically targeted to individual users and each user's individual cards. That means that you and I might get different offers, and I might even see different offers across my several different Amex cards. That adds a real benefit to having multiple Amex cards — even if you just use them to be eligible for more offers, you have a better chance of getting good ones.

One of the appeals of the Amex Offers program is that the offers continuously change. Offers can be for national brands, but are also targeted based on your billing address — for example, I have a few offers for shops and restaurants that have a New York City location.

Current Amex Offers

Here are some of the particularly interesting Amex Offers currently available. Keep in mind that some of may no longer be available, and some are specifically targeted.

  • Spend $100 or more at FreshDirect, get $30 back (up to 2 times).
  • Get 4 extra Membership Rewards points on every dollar spent at Adidas.
  • Spend $50 or more at 1800Flowers, get 1,500 Membership Rewards points.
  • Get 6 extra Membership Rewards points on every dollar spent at Cole Haan, up to 10,000 points.
  • Spend $25 or more at BarkBox, get $8 back (up to 3 times).
  • Spend $75 or more at Macy's, get 1,500 Membership Rewards points.
  • Spend $125 or more at Touch of Modern, get $25 back.
  • Spend $185 or more at The Wall Street Journal, get $75 back.
  • Get 1 extra Membership Rewards point on every dollar spent at Madewell.

If you're interested in opening a new Amex card — in addition to getting access to more Amex offers, you can earn a lucrative welcome offer — take a look at our up-to-date list of best Amex cards.

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The best kitchen gadgets for eating healthy

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  • Eating healthy can be a challenge, but it doesn't have to be if you have the right kitchen tools to help you prep good meals.
  • From a spiralizer to a pair of herb scissors, we've rounded up a few essentials that everyone should have in their kitchen.
  • If you don't consider yourself a cook but still want to eat healthier in the new year, check out our guide to the best healthy meal delivery services.

In a world of takeout, fast food, and nuke-em-in-the-microwave meals, you might be spending less and less time in your kitchen. And that's a shame, because not only does home cooking done right taste a lot better than prepackaged food or meals bought on the run, it's frequently healthier and more economical, as well.

If you need some encouragement to get back in the kitchen in the new year, we're here to help. We've rounded up several kitchen gadgets that admittedly you could live without, but you probably won't want to. Each one helps to make your food prep or cooking time a little easier, a little faster, a little healthier, or a little bit more fun. Best of all, none of them are expensive or complicated.

These gadgets are handy tools to bring back the joy of cooking and keep you healthy. Many of them inspire you to eat more fresh veggies, herbs, and fruit, while others help you prep meals with fewer oils and carbs.

Here are the best kitchen gadgets for eating healthy you can buy:

Updated on 1/3/2020 by Jen Gushue: Updated pricing, links, and formatting.

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The best gadget for fresh veggie noodles

The Spiralizer 5-Blade Vegetable Slicer turns humble veggies and fruits into noodles, curly toppings for salads, and healthy garnishes for any dish.

Zoodles and other veggie noodles are one of the easiest ways to integrate veggies into dishes you already love. They taste good, provide the base for whatever tasty sauce you'd like to pour on top, and pack a powerful punch of nutrients without wheat or other grains you might want to avoid. You can buy pre-spiralized zoodles in many markets these days, but they are expensive. Save your dollars, and do your own spiralizing instead.

Just choose one of the five cutlery-grade stainless-steel blade plates included with the Spiralizer 5-Blade Vegetable Slicer, clamp your veggie or fruit into position, and turn the crank. Voila, you've got thin curls of veggie deliciousness that are perfect for stir-frying, soups, salads, pasta dishes, bowl lunches, or just about anything else you can cook.

The spiralizer comes with five different blades, and each one produces a slightly different thickness, twist, or shred. The spiralizer holds tight to your countertop with suction-cup feet, cleans up in the dishwasher, and works beautifully to spiralize just about any fruit or veggie that's firm, including zucchini, sweet potatoes, yellow squash, carrots, ginger, broccoli stalks, apples, pears, and cabbage.

Pros: A great way to add interest to vegetables and cut back on wheat and other carb consumption, includes three free recipe eBooks

Cons: You might eventually tire of the zoodle trend



The best gadget for quick salads

The EZ Salad Cutting Bowl takes all the fussy chopping and slicing out of salad prep so you can eat salad more often.

If too many of your lunches come from vending machines or drive-thru burger joints, you can healthy-up your diet by choosing salad at least a couple times per week — and not one of the budget-depleting ones from the chain up the block. The EZ Salad Cutting Bowl makes it easy to quickly mix up a great salad at home.

Just add your favorite mix of veggies to the EZ Salad Cutting Bowl– lettuce, carrots, cucumbers, cabbage, celery, tomatoes, or any others you like – rinse them right in the bowl, close the bowl's base, turn, slice through the bowl's slits, turn again, slice once more, and then open up the cutting bowl and enjoy your chopped salad. You can make fruit salad, as well, or slice anything you can think of into bite-size chunks.

The EZ Salad Cutting Bowl is made of sturdy, BPA-free plastic, and easily washes in the dishwasher.  

Pros: An easy way to make tasty salads or chop veggies for use in other dishes

Cons: You'll need a knife long enough to reach across the entire bowl



The best gadget for healthy baking

With the Velesco Silicone Baking Mats, stuck-on baked goods, meats, or vegetables are a thing of the past, and you'll cut down on oils and fats, as well.

I use my aluminum baking sheets quite a bit, and not only for baking. Sheet-pan meals, heating up frozen foods, cooking bacon in the oven, and toasting seeds are all fairly common activities in my household. Scrubbing the sheets, however, was never much fun. It took me a while to discover the joys of silicone baking mats, but once I did, there was no turning back.

I've had my set of two Velesco Silicone Baking Mats for a year or so now, and despite frequent use, they are still unstained and have no signs of wear or tear. They fit nicely in my 16x12-inch baking sheets, and wash-up quickly with just a swirl in the sink and a little dishwashing soap.

I also use them to line my roasting pans; they fit nearly perfectly. No more cooking-oil sprays — which leave impossible-to-remove buildup on your cookware — no more soaking and scrubbing to remove cooked-on food, and no more greasing the pan before I use it. Food also cooks evenly and removes easily from the food-grade silicone material.

The half-sheet baking mats are also perfect for rolling out cookie dough or kneading bread, rolling meatballs, or making candy. Go ahead and put the mats in your dishwasher, microwave, oven, or freezer and they will come out unscathed. They are also affordable when compared to the trendy Silpat brand.

Pros: No need for grease, butter, or oil on your baking sheets or roasting pans, and foods won't stick, even if burned

Cons: These are only baking sheet liners, 16x12-inch baking sheets are sold separately



The best gadget for fresh herbs

With the Jenaluca Herb Scissors snipping fresh herbs is a breeze.

Want to add a powerful dose of flavor to your meals? Then instead of relying solely on salt, or automatically reaching for dried herbs and spices, get fresh herbs. It's hard to underestimate how much fresh herbs improve the taste of nearly any dish, including soups, roasts, salads, eggs, and stir-fries. While you can chop, chop, chop with a kitchen knife, it's so much faster and easier to use a pair of Jenaluca Herb Scissors instead.

Made of stainless steel with ergonomic handles, the herb scissors have five stacked blades on each side, so it's easy to snip your herbs or scallions as small as you'd like — even down to confetti-sized bits to use as garnish. The herbs won't be crushed, ripped, or bruised, either — just fresh and flavorful. You can even use the scissors to cut up deli meat, mushrooms, or dried fruit.

The Jenaluca Herb Scissors come with a cover that includes a small comb for getting your cut herbs out from between the blades. They are also dishwasher safe.

Pros: Much faster and easier than chopping herbs with a knife

Cons: Difficult to clean without a dishwasher



The best gadget for easy straining

You won't need a colander to keep your pasta, beans, or veggies from sliding down the drain when you clip the Kitchen Gizmo Snap 'n Strain onto your pot first.

I'm sure I'm not the only person who's ever lost the entire potful of pasta while attempting to drain the cooking water into the sink. Too bad I didn't have a Kitchen Gizmo Snap 'n Strain — my dinner wouldn't have dropped down the drain.

This ingenious kitchen gadget has two clips that fasten to the sides of your pot or pan, and it's made of silicone to mold to the curve of the cookware. Just fasten the Snap 'n Strain in place before draining the cooking water and your food is safely contained in the pot — no need for a colander or separate strainer.

It's sturdy enough to hold back even heavy foods like potatoes, and can also be used to strain grease or fat from cooked meat.

The clip-on strainer fits just about any round pot or pan and is dishwasher safe. It takes up less storage room than a regular colander, as well.

Pros: Simplifies pasta making, reduces the chance of being burned by hot water, easy to store

Cons: Very small foods, such as couscous, might slip through the holes



The best gadget for quick zest

The Raniaco Stainless Steel Zester makes quick work of zesting and grating fruit, vegetables, cheese, chocolate, and many other flavorful ingredients.

Why break out the bulky box grater when it's so easy to use the Raniaco Stainless Steel Zester instead? This simple device has a comfortable-to-hold silicone handle and an 8-inch, stainless steel, sharply etched blade that easily grates and zests citrus, garlic, coconut, carrots, cheese, and just about anything else you want to reduce to finely ground fragments.

When finished, just rinse the blade clean under running water or pop it in the dishwasher. But watch out, because this gadget is sharp. It includes a safety case for storage.

Pros: Makes grating and zesting so easy, takes up little storage space

Cons: Only for finely grating ingredients, not for large or rough-chopped ingredients



The best gadget for fresh fruit

Fresh pineapple is delicious and super-good for you. The Super Z Outlet Pineapple Corer makes it easy to core and slice it.

Pineapple is loaded with Vitamin C, manganese (vital for collagen production and healthy skin), and bromelain, an enzyme that helps you digest proteins, thus reducing bloating and sluggishness. But serving pineapple can be a pain. Sure, you can open a can, but that doesn't come close to the glory of the fresh fruit. Slicing a whole pineapple, however, is not much fun. The leaves are sharp, the skin is tough, and the center core can be tricky.

Here comes the corer to the rescue. Just cut off the top of the fruit, center the stainless steel corer over the center of the pineapple, and then push while twisting. Boom, you have neatly sliced pineapple rings, just like the ones in the can, but fresh, juicy, and full of flavor. Eat it on its own, serve it in a fruit salad, or skewer chunks to grill with chicken or fish. So good.

Pros: Stainless steel construction is sturdy, turns out perfectly cored pineapple rings, encourages you to eat more of this healthy fruit

Cons: This is admittedly a one-trick pony of a gadget, but may be worth it if you eat enough pineapple



The best gadget for fuss-free guacamole

The OXO Good Grips 3-in-1 Avocado Slicer makes prepping guacamole or avocado toast a cinch.

Admittedly, there is nothing this kitchen gadget does that you couldn't accomplish with a knife. But a knife isn't nearly as much fun as the OXO Good Grips 3-in-1 Avocado Slicer, and it's not as safe, either. Besides, anything that encourages you to eat more heart-healthy, delicious avocado is a must-have.

I purchased this nifty gadget for my avocado-loving husband a couple of years ago, figuring it would be a fun stocking stuffer. And it was, but to my surprise, we use this convenient device all the time. It's great for slicing avocados for salads, sandwiches, scrambled eggs, and of course, guacamole. I even use it to scoop out avocado for my morning smoothies.

The OXO Good Grips 3-in-1 Avocado Slicer has a blade for slicing the avocado skin, a pitter for grabbing and removing the pit, and plastic blades to evenly slice and remove the avocado fruit from the skin. Once done, it easily rinses clean. The sturdy plastic is strong, and the gadget holds up to frequent use.

Pros: Fun to use and works well for preparing avocados

Cons: Another one-trick pony but worth it if it encourages you to eat more avocado



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You can now buy WeWork exec Miguel McKelvey's luxury townhouse for $21 million — but the erotic, rainbow-print art in the dining room isn't included

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WeWork cofounder Miguel McKelvey's NYC townhouse is on the market, but the apartment's heated floors and $21 million pricetag aren't the most outlandish features of the listing.

McKelvey's three-floor apartment near Manhattan's Washington Square Park was recently listed for $21 million, as the New York Post first reported. It didn't take long for people to discover additional photos of the apartment, including one photo that shows two pieces of eye-catching artwork on the wall that are colorful in more ways than one.

In bold white text, one of the rainbow-print pieces proclaims, "We gave a party for the gods and the gods all came," while the other makes an even more explicitly sexual statement. We'll let you see it for yourself:

McKelvey, who's worth an estimated $900 million, reportedly purchased the townhouse for $12 million in 2015. McKelvey remains WeWork's chief culture officer, even after the coworking space company's IPO failed spectacularly and cofounder Adam Neumann was ousted as CEO.

It's not clear whether these pieces of art belong to McKelvey, or whether McKelvey had rented out the place to someone else. The apartment's listing agent, Douglas Elliman's Clinton Stowe, confirmed to Business Insider that all the furniture and artwork in the photos is as it was when the owner lived there. Stowe confirmed that the furnishings and artwork are not being sold with the house.

WeWork did not respond to Business Insider's request for comment on the artwork.

The two pieces of art are by artist John Giorno, a gay New York native revered for his brightly colored pieces featuring words of explicit poetry. Giorno died of a heart attack in October 2019 at 82 years old.

Giorno's artwork is known for featuring phrases like "suicides are songs of aspiration," and "prefer crying in a limo to laughing on a bus." Giorno is also credited as the inventor behind Dial-A-Poem, a service started in 1968 where people could call in to hear poems that were often based in sexual imagery or political activism. 

Other pieces by Giorno, which are similar in appearance to the two pieces in McKelvey's home, are available for purchase online for various prices, ranging from €1,200to €2,500 each (about $1,340 to $2,793).

SEE ALSO: The cofounder of WeWork is selling his NYC townhouse for $21 million. Look inside the 5-bedroom home, which was rebuilt after being destroyed in an accidental bombing in 1970.

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