Dream Decor: A Whimsical Pink-and-Blue Garden Wedding in Potomac

A few years after a first encounter at Cafe Milano, Rebecca Grunfeld, an attorney, and Ryan Samuel, a real-estate developer, bumped into one another at a Wizards game (her dad is team general manager Ernie Grunfeld). A few weeks later, Ryan called Rebecca to ask her out for coffee, which turned into watching the US men’s soccer team in a World Cup game at Logan Tavern, followed by an early bite at Le Diplomate. On Rebecca’s grandparents’ wedding anniversary a few years later, Ryan proposed in the home he and Rebecca had bought and renovated.

They married in an intimate ceremony at Rebecca’s parents’ house, where Rebecca’s sister-in-law officiated and Ryan’s two children (Rebecca’s “bonus babies”) read a book they made for the bride entitled Ten Things We Love About Becky. In the pool, inflatable swans adorned with floral wreaths added a whimsical touch, and reception decor included embroidered napkins, Chinese statues representing good health and happiness, and Rebecca’s mother’s china. For dinner: a family recipe for Caesar salad, beef tenderloin, penne alla vodka, and mushroom risotto. Dessert included mini cupcakes, Rice Krispie treats, and brownies à la mode, plus a vanilla funfetti wedding cake with strawberry buttercream.

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Samsung Galaxy A8s now expected to launch a week before Huawei Nova 4

There is a fight brewing between Samsung and Huawei on who will come out on top to launch the first smartphone with a punch hole display. Previously, it was expected that the Galaxy A8s would launch in January, leaving Huawei in the clear to launch the Nova 4 in December. It now seems Samsung wants to get out in front by announcing the Galaxy A8s on December 10, a full week earlier than the Nova 4.

Huawei sent out invites for the launch of the rumoured Nova 4 with a display hole on December 17. Some fresh reports have now spotted a Samsung invite for a launch event on December 10. The invite shows an outline of what is likely the Galaxy A8s with the much talked about Infinity-O display and a tagline that reads “Realm Galaxy”. The invite clearly shows the small punch hole-style hole on the top left corner that will house a selfie camera.

The Infinity-O display that Samsung is working on will offer a hole within the display rather than a traditional notch on the top of the display. This Infinity-O display will first come to the Galaxy A8s before it shows up on the Galaxy S10 flagship. Meanwhile, Huawei is also working on a similar display panel with a hole for the selfie camera, although we are unsure what the company is calling this display. Notably, the LCD panels on both the Galaxy A8s and the Nova 4 are made by BOE.

As per past reports, the Galaxy A8s will get a 6.39-inch screen and will be powered by a Snapdragon 710 chipset coupled with up to 6GB of RAM. The Galaxy A8s is also tipped to house a 3,400mAh battery. The Galaxy A8s is also expected to be the second Samsung phone after Galaxy A7 to sport a triple rear camera system. This system is said to include a 25MP + 5MP + 10MP configuration, but the nature of the sensors are still unknown.

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Home Décor: Get Decoration Ideas, Tips And DIY On A Shoe-String Budget

 

It’s indeed true that people have an emotional connection with their home. After all, this is the place where you’ll be spending most of your time. You can ingeniously utilise the space within your house and add amazing decoration to create the perfect set up. Your concept could revolve around simple home décor ideas or even complex ones. While the placement and quality of the furniture is important, many overlook the fact that their blank walls can be employed for further embellishments. There are a plethora of home decoration items available in the market that’ll help you do the same. Let’s take a look at a few excellent tips that’ll assist you in enhancing the visual aesthetics of your residence:

Wallpaper

Most people seek out the perfect home decorating ideas on a budget, and this is certainly one of them. Wallpapers are extremely flexible with regards to installation and replacement. This is why they have become the preferred choice for many nowadays. They will render your living room attractive, irrespective of its size.

Wall of Memories

Everybody has a collection of memorable photographs that are dear to them. You can use them to adorn the walls of your corridors or even a staircase. If you’re a musician, you can decorate your jam room with posters of your idols. There is no need for extravagant frames as simple ones would do the trick.

Wooden Furniture

Extremely convenient and durable, wooden furniture is rapidly rising in popularity. Good-quality wood pieces don’t require too much maintenance and can easily be moved around. Their rustic look will be simple yet highly enticing. Employing this unique option will provide you with an effective and cost-efficient solution.

Gallery

Are you a lover of art or an artist yourself? Do you have a fancy collection of creative works? Then you can enrich the walls of your home by hanging those paintings or portraits, which will easily glam up your space. This will also help you maintain a mini art gallery right at home.

Soothing Landscape

The ambience of your bedroom should reflect its purpose. It should be a comforting and relaxing space. Use natural tones like greens and blues on the walls. If you wish to, you can use wallpapers that help you feel comfortable and at ease. The wall hangings in your room can either be inspirational quotes, pictures of your loved ones or simply a calming wall painting.

Bright Paint

Adding a fresh coat of colour is one of the easiest ways for you to add a little character to your décor. If you feel like bright walls all around might be a bit alarming, try adding a pop of red or a bright green to one wall in a room. This will be the focal wall in the room, and you can further embellish it with mirrors, shelves and other show pieces.

Best Curtain Materials

In India, the world is quite literally your oyster when it comes to selecting fabric for your curtains. You can opt for a simple cotton or even khadi instead of the all-too-common chiffon and satin offerings. It’s a good idea to pick curtains in colours that offer a good contrast to your walls.

Old Mirrors

A vintage mirror from an ancestral home could be the perfect accessory in your modern home. These gorgeous artefacts will add a classy touch to any room with their large reflective surfaces and ornate decorations.

Stone Cladding

Want to give your house an ancient look? Then, cladding a certain section of your house with stone tiles is the perfect solution for you. This concept will be ideal for your living or dining room.

Chandelier

What better way to beautify your dining or living room than by installing an enamouring chandelier. You can also settle for lanterns if you’re specifically looking for home décor ideas for small homes. By employing these solutions, you’ll be killing two birds with one stone as they’ll serve the dual purposes of lighting and beautification.

Swing

This is another traditional aspect that is common to many old-fashioned Indian houses. They form an integral part of many rural homes and are an absolute visual delight. A wooden swing will greatly augment the look of your living room and veranda. Plus, they provide the perfect spot for you to curl up with a good book or enjoy a heart-to-heart with a loved one.

Mural

If you’re not keen on paintings or posters, then you can certainly opt for this option. Choose any theme you like to enhance the visual appeal of your house. It’s absolutely essential that you select the appropriate paint colour that’ll provide the perfect backdrop.

Handcrafted Doors

Want to give your visitors a royal entry? Why not opt for handcrafted doors. They are common across many luxurious Indian homes and will provide your house with a little traditional charm.

CD Wall

With the age of digital music, you can use this idea to use those old album covers while also decorating your home. Create a collage of your favourite CD covers and put it in a place of pride in your home. This is a great way for music aficionados to showcase their vast collection.

You can get really creative with regards to embellishing your house. Using the available area wisely while striking the right balance between simplicity and extravagance can provide you with great benefits. Happy decorating!

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Nail salons used as a front for modern slavery

The police have warned that British high street nail salons are operating as a front for organised crime, including trafficking and slavery.

The salons – particularly Vietnamese nail bars – are using their cash-only structure to launder money from cannabis farms and prostitution. According to the National Crime Agency (NCA), they are moving child slaves between branches in order to avoid detection.

The nail bars are also linked to illegal immigration, the NCA says. The agency is currently carrying out 500 investigations into modern slavery. Albanians, Vietnamese and British nationals are the most common potential victims, the Daily Mail says.

According to Adam Thompson of the NCA’s modern slavery and human trafficking unit: “Nail bars are one of the most prevalent areas where we see Vietnamese victims, usually quite young adult males, around 18 or 19.

“The gangs… recruit them from Vietnam. People will be told, ‘Come to the UK you will get a really good job, you will be paid lots of money which you can send back to your family.’

“They will then typically use the services of an organised immigration gang… up through China then Russia and into Europe and then into the UK – usually clandestine in the back of a lorry. Then they will be linked up with the gangs in the UK who will put them to work in a network of nail bars.”

The Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) – the body that monitors modern slavery in the UK – reports that instances of shops forcing people to work for free to pay back extortionate debts have increased by 35% since last year.

Police recorded 2,255 cases of modern slavery in the last year but estimate there are “tens of thousands” of further offences that go undetected, the Huffington Post reports.

“The barbaric nature of modern slavery means it destroys the lives of its victims, which is why we introduced the world-leading Modern Slavery Act 2015 and increased the GLAA funding by £2.6 million a year to tackle modern slavery and wider labour exploitation,” Victoria Atkins, minister for crime, safeguarding and vulnerability, said in early May.

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Kidnapped actor allegedly trapped naked in a bathroom speaks: ‘I’m a survivor’

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Joey Capone, an actor who was allegedly kidnappedalong with actress Daisy McCrackin from her home in L.A. on May 3, granted his first interview about the incident to ABC News, describing a harrowing ordeal that involved him being trapped naked in a bathroom for 30 hours.

According to the Associated Press, prosecutors allege that the three suspects in the case — Andre Stewart, Johntae Jones and Amber Neal — went to McCrackin’s home, pistol-whipped Capone, placed bags over the two victims’ heads and drove them to Jones’ home in Compton.

“They whacked me on the head with a gun and proceeded to stomp on me and give me a pretty good beating,” Capone said. “(Someone) grabbed me by the collar and dragged me outside and down the driveway and threw me in the back of a car, where Daisy was already in the backseat, and they put bags over our heads. They stripped me naked and threw me in this filthy bathroom with no lights on.”

Prosecutors said the suspects held Capone in the bathroom for 30 hours without food, while Jones and Neal drove McCrackin to several ATMs forcing her to withdraw money, eventually coercing her into writing a $10,000 check to secure hers and Capone’s release.

“They said things like ‘If she doesn’t come through man, I don’t know what I’m going to have to do, I don’t know what’s going to happen to you,” Capone said.

The next day, the suspects brought McCrackin back to her home, where she escaped and called police, authorities said.

Neal was arrested at gunpoint by Los Angeles police officers on Monday, with a video of her arrest captured by a bystander sparking outrage online, before it was revealed that she was a suspect in the kidnapping plot.

“I’m not a victim, I’m a survivor,” Capone said. “I think it’s a state of mind. Yeah, that happened, but what’s the moral?”

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Local Veteran, Glenn Smith, Will Be Given a Bathroom to Say ‘Thank You’ for Serving Our Country

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​This Veterans Day, Reborn Bath Solutions, Southern California-based home remodeling company specializing in bathrooms and kitchens and a division of Reborn Cabinets Inc., is teaming up with ten home improvement companies from across the country on an initiative called Baths for the Brave. This one-day special event is planned for Thursday, Nov. 8, and will provide 10 veterans from across the country, including Glenn Smith from Orange, California, with a brand-new tub or shower system, free of charge, to help improve the lives of those who sacrificed so much for our country.

Glenn Smith was enlisted in the Air Force and served from November 1954 – November 1956. He was stationed in Clovis, New Mexico, now known as Cannon Air Force Base. Glenn had a dream to be an airman but his dreams to fly were shattered when his vision wasn’t strong enough to be airborne.

Not one to let a setback keep him from pursuing his purpose, he took the role of being an officer and a gentleman to a new level. Known for his excellent character, communication, and being an encourager, the 23-year-old was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant and led a team of 20.

Smith recalls those days of service as ‘being hard times’ as the F-86 was just being released and 13 pilots lost their lives including his neighbor, a 36-year-old General who died while trying to land a test plane at Clovis. His commitment to keeping morale up during tough times landed him in a coaching position for the Air Force Base’s Volleyball and Basketball teams, where he was able to use competition and team comradery to help his fellow enlistees navigate the pain of war time losses. His passion for service continued as he served as a Reserve for 8 more years.

Fast forward to the present, Smith shared with Reborn Cabinets how losing many of his financial resources while caring for his late wife of 43 years who lost her battle to dementia changed his life. Losing a partner after a lifetime of love and memories is a huge obstacle to overcome, but being the encourager he is, he presses on. He fondly looks back at all the good memories and wouldn’t change any of it. He built a legacy of perseverance and leadership for his 3 children, 16 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. No matter what happens in life, character is something no one and no war can take from you.

Reborn Cabinets salutes Glenn Smith for his service and commitment and is honored to present him with a new bathroom.

This year, Reborn Cabinets, along with the other ten home remodeling companies, will be posting the Baths for the Brave crash live all day on Facebook and Instagram.

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Tricks and mortar: a Melbourne design duo finds an unlikely new home

For a duo well-versed in exhibiting in spaces both virtual and pop-up, it’s surprising that the designers behind Dowel Jones should choose this moment to make their first foray into bricks-and-mortar retail. Then again, designers Dale Hardiman and Adam Lynch are no strangers to courting the unexpected. Earlier this year, Dowel Jones staged a Lucky Dip exhibition that saw them riff on the suburban mythology of reject and two-dollar shops. Prior to that, they took their first upholstered collection of furniture to new frontiers – not only to New York Design Week but to the virtual space, where they collaborated with the New York-based Australian designer Tom Hancocks on a series of hyperreal 3D renderings of interiors in which to display their Sister collection.

It’s all part of an ongoing interrogation by the duo into how spaces form an integral part of how object design is experienced. The same could be said of their first Dowel Jones bricks-and-mortar retail venture, which adjoins the Boom Gallery in the Newtown suburb of Geelong in a heritage listed, former woollen mill. “The building has an incredible history,” Hardiman told GRAZIA. “In the past we’ve tended to choose locations for events and temporary launches based on the character of the building, and this building is no exception. Boom Gallery over the past seven years has cultivated a community of creative partitioners on Rutland Street through their gallery, shop, studio spaces and makers space, so we’re very happy to be joining a growing community and destination location.”

Where many of their contemporaries would look to fortify their presence online or in major cities, for Dowel Jones the long-discussed idea of opening a physical space has always dovetailed with the desire to do so outside of a major city (as recently as this year, the duo relocated their manufacturing to the Melbourne-adjacent city). For Hardiman, the work itself necessitates that it be able to be experienced in person, and not only on screen. “After we launched our first upholstered collection earlier this year we realised we really did need a physical space so that people could understand how these pieces would fit into the home,” he says. Everything contained therein (artwork not included) is a work of their own design, with the store then doubling as an immersive portfolio of their exhaustive offering to date. “We’ll be slowly introducing new smaller items into the store in 2019 so that those that don’t want to purchase a lounge can take something small home with them,” adds Hardiman. “The success of having a store so close to our factory means that we can update the interior with new, and never seen before pieces before they launch.”

It will also provide a home for the limited edition pieces that the designers create for exhibition at shows like Salone del Mobile, the Milan Furniture Fair, where earlier this year they showed Venena Arca (Latin for Poisonous Cabinet), a cabinet of curiosities clad in leather and tattooed with illustrations of toxic native Australian botanicals. “We see the store as not only a place to buy our furniture, lighting and accessories, but also a space to spend a little time in,” says Hardiman. In January, a second showroom will follow, this one based in Richmond; next month, however, they will launch a new project that utilises surplus and waste upholstery textiles to create fashion accessories. If it’s any indication, there will be plenty more tricks to com

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2 middle school girls waited in a bathroom and planned to cut up their classmates, police say

Two girls at a middle school in central Florida were waiting in a bathroom, planning to overpower at least 15 smaller students, kill them with knives and drink their blood, authorities said Wednesday.

The Bartow Middle School students were arrested Tuesday and charged with conspiracy to commit murder, possession of a weapon on school property, carrying a concealed weapon, and disruption of a school function, Bartow Police Chief Joe Hall said during a news conference.
According to officials, the 11- and 12-year-old girls said they were Satan worshipers and were going to drink the blood and eat the flesh of the students they killed. The girls then planned to kill themselves, they said.
The plan was foiled Tuesday after an automated call from the school notified one of the girls’ parents that the daughter was missing from class, Hall said.
The district attorney has not indicated whether the girls will be tried as adults. CNN does not name minor suspects unless they are tried as adults. It’s not clear if either of the girls has retained counsel, as neither has a court date set.

Plot hatched

The 11-year-old spent the weekend at the 12-year-old’s home, and on Sunday, after a day of watching horror films, “they devised a plot to kill several students” at the middle school, according to a police report.
The girls decided they would attend their first-period classes, then meet in a bathroom, where they would wait for smaller students and overpower them, according to a police report. They “did not want to attack larger students,” the report says.
Using knives tucked under their clothes, the plan was to stab their victims and cut their throats, police say. The preteens conducted internet searches on how to kill someone with a knife and what type of wound would cause their victims “to bleed out the fastest,” the police report says.
Upon killing each victim, the report says, they intended to stack her or him in a bathroom stall and wait for the next small student to enter the bathroom.
“After the students were dead, they would cut them up and eat parts of the dead flesh,” the report says, adding that the girls aimed to kill between 15 and 25 students.
The girls then planned to kill themselves by stabbing, and they hoped that by killing their fellow students, “they would get to go to hell so they could be with satan,” according to police.

Plot foiled

The assistant principal found the students in a bathroom, Hall said, after one of the girls’ mothers called the school to say the automated call reporting her daughter’s absence must be a mistake.
They were taken to the principal’s office, where the girls revealed four knives, scissors and a pizza cutter under their clothes, police said. Two of the knives had blades of at least 5 or 6 inches, photos provided by police show.
The girls also had a goblet from which to drink blood, authorities said.
Two of the knives had blades of at least 5 or 6 inches, police photos show.

Detectives searched the girls’ homes and found a hand-drawn map that included the phrase, “go to killin bathroom” — which marked the bathroom where they were found, police say. One of the girls had also scrawled violent lyrics from Eminem and Florence + the Machine on a sheet of paper, photos show.
One sheet of notebook paper also included a short poem: “trying hard to leave./stuck in a endless abyss./claw a way out, now,” photos show.
“Today is health lessens thank Satan we’re doing this in bit,” one note read.
A search of the girls’ cell phones found Snapchat messages regarding the plot, according to a police report. The messages included, “We shouldn’t have met each other lol. Now Death is near,” and, “I was thinking like stabbing ourselves in the necks.”
Additional police were already on campus because a student had notified a teacher of a rumored threat to students.
School staff responded quickly to reports of suspicious behavior, Superintendent Jacqueline Byrd said. There will be counselors and extra police officers at the school this week, Byrd said.
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Mother, 32, who was ‘raped in plane bathroom by drunk passenger’ sues American Airlines after they accused her of making a ‘nuisance’ claim after she was taken to hospital and ‘attacker’ walked away scot-free

A mother who says she was raped by a drunk man in a plane bathroom is suing American Airlines, claiming they over-served the man alcohol and failed to protect her.

Aubrey Lane, 32, has described how she was allegedly assaulted on a flight from Phoenix to New York City on June 16, 2017.

The airline says it will ‘thoroughly review’ her claims but earlier dismissed them as a ‘nuisance’ complaint.

Mrs Lane says she was traveling to the Big Apple for a family trip when a drunk passenger who was sitting next to her on the overnight flight allegedly followed her into the bathroom and raped her.

She claims in the lawsuit that she told staff but they simply moved her to another seat at the back of the plane. When the flight landed she was taken to hospital but her alleged attacker, whose name she does not know, was not arrested.

Mrs Lane claims that before the alleged attack another woman sitting in the same row warned staff about the man’s inappropriate behavior but they did nothing and continued to serve him drinks.

She was forced to sue after American Airlines failed to take her case seriously by offering her only a $5,000 payout for a ‘nuisance’ claim, she says.

In the lawsuit filed Wednesday in a federal court, Lane’s lawyers wrote: ‘Knowing the clear dangers of intoxication and the sexual assault threats, especially on red eye flights, American offered no protection to Aubrey Lane… despite the verbal warnings of Passenger 12C and the obvious obnoxious, aggressive, threatening and intoxicated behavior of Passenger 12B.

 An American Airlines spokesman said that the company is yet to receive her lawsuit, but will ‘thoroughly review it’ when they do.

A spokesman said: : ‘We are deeply troubled by any allegation of misconduct onboard our aircraft or at any of our facilities.’

‘If our crews discover or are told about any alleged illegal misconduct that may occur on the aircraft, law enforcement is contacted and will meet the aircraft upon arrival… It is up to law enforcement to determine what, if any, criminal activity took place.’

Lane claims the passenger appeared drunk the moment he took his seat next to her, and she could smell the alcohol on his breath.

‘My first thought was this guy’s drunk. He was super chatty,’ Lane said in an interview with the Dallas Morning News. ‘I’ve flown a lot. I’m used to people saying hello. This is the most anyone has sat down and started talking to me.’

Despite this, she says the flight attendants continued to serve him alcohol throughout the flight.

A few hours into the flight, Lane says she got up to use the restroom. She told the Dallas Morning News in March that the man got up and followed her into the bathroom where he raped her. Her lawsuit says she was sexually assaulted.

Lane immediately reported the incident to flight attendants, who moved her to a seat at the back of the plane.

American Airlines tried to pay Lane $5,000 to settle her lawsuit. She did not take the offer (stock image)

American Airlines tried to pay Lane $5,000 to settle her lawsuit. She did not take the offer (stock image)

‘I was feeling overwhelmed … all of a sudden, I was thrown in a middle seat, bawling. On top of being sad and hurt and scared, I was also embarrassed,’ Lane said.

When they landed at JFK Airport, authorities were called to meet the plane at the gate, but only to take Lane to the hospital.

Her alleged attacker was not taken into custody and to this day she still doesn’t know his name.

Because the incident happened in the air, it is up to the FBI to investigate and prosecute.

Agents were dispatched to the hospital where they interviewed Lane, but she says the case had got nowhere.

The FBI’s New York Field Office did not immediately return a call from DailyMail.com inquiring about the status of the investigation.

Paul Hudson, the president of the consumer advocate group Flyers Rights, says the apparent lack of progress is not surprising, since the FBI doesn’t consider assaults a priority.

 It’s caused stress on every level. It’s affected every single part of my life

‘What we’re hearing from people is the US Attorneys don’t want to prosecute [and] don’t have time for these things,’ Hudson said.

‘Often they are misdemeanors or are ‘he said, she said.’ That’s not what they do. They’re into terrorism and drug cases.’

Frustrated with the response, Lane decided to sue American Airlines.

Her attorneys say the airline was negligent for letting the drunk man board the plane and continuing to serve him drinks.

Last year American spokesman Ross Feinstein refused to comment on the specifics of the case, but issued this statement: ‘We want all of our customers to feel safe on our aircraft. We care deeply when we hear of these types of cases… our team offers investigative support as needed to federal, state and local law enforcement.’

He later added that the airline was sorry for not reaching out to Lane immediately after the assault to assure her they were taking the investigation seriously.

‘We want to apologize that we missed the mark on assuring Ms Lane how seriously we take her complaint,’ Feinstein said.

Lane is speaking out in hopes that American Airlines and other carriers improve their policies for addressing in-flight assaults.

‘I’m coming out now because [American] hasn’t made it evident it wants to change this,’ Lane said. ‘What’s going to stop this from happening again unless I make a big fuss about it?’

Lane’s family picked her up at the hospital after the assault, and her husband even flew out to comfort her on the trip – getting a last minute babysitter for their two-year-old son.

Lane said she had been inundated with bills for counselors and she stopped working as a real estate brokers’ associate because she doesn’t want to be alone with strangers.

She has also moved across the state to be closer to her husband, who is in the military.

‘It’s caused stress on every level. It’s hurt my job, my homelife,’ she said. ‘It’s affected every single part of my life.’

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