9 ways to prepare for the next COVID-19 lockdown

Emilee Geist

After giving up spring break and summer barbecues, cooped-up Americans are looking forward to the day when things go back to normal. But COVID-19 isn’t like a natural disaster that strikes once, then fades away.

Several states have paused or walked back their plans to reopen, as new hot spots emerge and the number of active cases remains high.

Now health experts are warning that a second round of lockdowns may be necessary as the fall flu season begins, classes resume and cool weather drives people into cramped indoor spaces.

still feeling drained after round one.” data-reactid=”35″Even a series of smaller, more localized lockdowns could spell trouble for Americans’ livelihoods, especially for those workers still feeling drained after round one.

But you still have time to prepare. Here are nine things you can do to protect your finances ahead of a second wave.

1. Keep saving

As the first

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9 hidden dangers of owning a tiny home

Emilee Geist

Love the idea of a tiny house? Here’s what you need to know about the subtle and sometimes-hidden costs in these exercises in lilliputian living.

They’re not all that new as a concept

The tiny-house movement isn’t exactly new. Those in search of tranquility have long been seeking to carve out their own small spaces since the dawn of time. Now we’re seeing the resurgence of simplicity with a shift toward minimizing and downsizing. A tiny house is generally one that’s under 400 square feet, says Chris Dorsey, founder of Dorsey Pictures, the producer of Tiny House, Big Living. They’re generally built on trailers for mobility, but they can be built on foundations. “What attracts most people to tiny homes is that they are redefining the American dream by owning a home with little to no debt while traveling the country and even working on the road,” explains Dorsey.

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40 Fashion-Forward Face Masks To Express Your Personal Style

Emilee Geist

Fashion has always had a way of taking our core wardrobe essentials — outerwear, underwear, and everything in between — and turning them into statement pieces. Consider the trusty trench coat, for example, which was originally created to shield soldiers from the elements but, over time, turned into one of the most distinctive utility apparel items a person could own. And don’t get us started on how the functional bike short has morphed into a top streetwear trend that will not go away (even after its initial rise and fall in the ’90s). It’s no surprise, then, that the protective face coverings we’ve been advised (and in some cases, ordered) to wear outdoors to curb the spread of the coronavirus have quickly been embraced and beautified by the fashion world.

“It just felt like there was a need [for a stylish face mask],” says Hillary Taymour, founder of the sustainable

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Swimsuits For All’s summer flash sale includes must-have looks for under $30

Emilee Geist

Swimsuits for All.
Swimsuits for All.

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It can be extremely difficult to find a swimsuit that’s flattering, affordable and available in a wide range of sizes.

Luckily, Swimsuits For All takes the anxiety out of bikini shopping with a line of swimsuits that are designed to make women feel confident and beautiful at every size.

With swimsuits available in women’s sizes 4 to 40, the brand is a pioneer in size inclusivity and frequently works with the likes of model Ashley Graham and Gabrielle Gregg, the Instagram influencer behind GabiFresh.

Currently, the brand is hosting a major online flash sale, with select styles priced at just $30 and under.

You’ll find a huge assortment of one-piece swimsuits, bikinis,

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Mom creates a Disney-themed home with every room representing a classic film

Emilee Geist

One woman has made her home the most magical house on Earth.

Kelsey Hermanson, mom of two and Disney lover in Seattle, has created an entire Disney-themed home with every room based off a different Disney classic.

From a “The Little Mermaid”-inspired bathroom, to a “Wreck-it-Ralph” bedroom for her daughter, a “Beauty and the Beast” dining room for their guests and a beautiful “Cinderella”-themed master bedroom, the results are breathtaking.

PHOTO: This Beauty and the Beast dining room is a magical welcome for guests. (Kelsey Hermanson)

“I grew up in Southern California and we would go to Disneyland all the time and I just love when you go there, you walk through those gates and you’re in a different world. You’re not in reality, you’re somewhere else. And I wanted that in our home,” Hermanson told “Good Morning America.” “I wanted to be able to go into different rooms

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Find Out How To Buy it Here

Emilee Geist

Missed out on the first Birkenstock X Valentino collaboration in 2019? Don’t worry the duo have just announced an eagerly anticipated follow up. Birkenstock X Valentino 2.0 drops this week.

Valentino creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli has reimagined Birkenstock’s classic Arizona style in an overblown camouflage motif featuring the Valentino VLTN logo on the side.

The unisex Birkenstock X Valentino collaboration sandals come in two colorways: VLTN Army Green-Brushwood and VLTN Army Green-Lime. And here’s how to buy them. They will become available on Thursday Sept 3., in limited quantities on Birkenstock’s 1774.com website, Valentino.com and Valentino stores worldwide.

The first collaboration debuted on Valentino’s Paris runway in January 2019. They came in red or black with the same VLTN logo on the flank.

“I chose to make this collaboration with Birkenstock for the same reason people choose Birkenstock every day. No matter what you wear, who you are, no matter

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Hilfiger Unveils ‘Make It Possible’ Sustainability, Inclusivity Platform

Emilee Geist

Tommy Hilfiger has revealed an ambitious program to accelerate the company’s sustainability mission.

Its platform, called “Make It Possible,” is an approach to environmental and social sustainability that reinforces the company’s commitment to create fashion that “Wastes Nothing and Welcomes All.” At the outset, the company is committing to 24 targets centered around circularity and inclusivity, outlined across four pillars toward 2030.

They are:

• Circle Round: Make products to be fully circular and part of a sustainable loop.

• Made for Life: Operate with sensitivity to planetary boundaries, in the areas of climate change, land use, freshwater and chemical pollution, from what the company buys to where it sells.

• Everyone Welcome: Be a brand that works for every Tommy Hilfiger customer, always inclusive and completely accessible.

• Opportunity for All: Create equal access to opportunity — no barriers to success.

Hilfiger’s strategy is supported by parent company PVH

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Dungeons & Dragons’ new sourcebook brings diversity to fantasy world

Emilee Geist

The cover for Tasha's Cauldron of Everything, a new D&D sourcebook set to release Nov. 17.
The cover for Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything, a new D&D sourcebook set to release Nov. 17.

Those who dabble in fantasy worlds – books, videos, movies or classic tabletop role-playing games – probably have a preset idea of what an elf is. 

Fantasy worlds have their archetypes, and those standards haven’t left much room for diversity in the past. Dungeons & Dragons is looking to change that with an upcoming release. 

“Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything” – a fifth edition (5e) sourcebook set to debut Nov. 17 – expands a player’s ability to tinker with their character’s backstory and abilities inherent to playing a certain fantasy race within the game. 

“This is one of multiple books where we will be demonstrating a shift in how we handle certain things in the game, including the character race option,” said Jeremy Crawford, principal rules designer of Dungeons & Dragons and the lead designer

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Treasury officials push for bombshell tax hikes to pay for virus

Emilee Geist

Fuel duty could be increased for the first time in a decade
Fuel duty could be increased for the first time in a decade

Treasury officials are pushing for the largest tax rises in a generation to plug the gaping holes in the public finances, in a move being resisted by Downing Street, The Telegraph can disclose.

The proposed quintuple whammy of tax increases would enable the Exchequer to raise at least £20 billion a year, and some could be introduced as early as in the Budget.

While no decisions have been made, multiple sources have told this newspaper that proposals under active consideration include aligning capital gains tax (CGT) with income tax, slashing pension tax relief, raising fuel and other duties, the introduction of an online sales tax and a simplification of the inheritance tax system.

How the Inheritance Tax take has soared
How the Inheritance Tax take has soared

Some or all could be introduced to pay for the Covid crisis, to finance general government spending pledges

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13 most excellent financial facts about Keanu Reeves

Emilee Geist

13 most excellent financial facts about Keanu Reeves
13 most excellent financial facts about Keanu Reeves

The world fell in love with the humble, kind, Canadian superstar Keanu Reeves with the rise of the sci-fi masterpiece, The Matrix. Among his other cult classics (Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Point Break, Speed).

The love never died, with his John Wick franchise receiving acclaim — and his show-stealing performance in Toy Story 4. Now comes Bill & Ted Face the Music, reteaming Reeves with co-star Alex Winter as the totally awesome duo last seen on screen in the early 1990s. The movie is making its debut this weekend on streaming services.

Despite being in the spotlight, Keanu Reeves is notoriously private. We’ve dug up the most interesting financial facts about everyone’s favorite Hollywood nice guy.

1. He’s rolling in wealth

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