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At 50, Tina Fey Remain’s Comedy’s Queen of Style

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Tina Fey can (and will) make you laugh. As the creative force behind 30 Rock, Mean Girls, and several seasons of Saturday Night Live, where she served as head writer, Fey, who turns 50 today, has become synonymous with an offbeat style of humor that highlights the absurdity of modern life. Whether she’s playing the beleaguered show-runner Liz Lemon trying to have it all in the male-dominated world of sketch-comedy or new kid Cady Heron navigating the ins and outs of the high school social hierarchy, Fey takes situations every woman can relate to and turns them into side-splitting social commentary. Her ability to dissect issues pertaining to feminism, politics, and self-image in a way that provokes thought as well as chuckles has won her everything from multiple Emmys to the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

Given her many accomplishments, it’s easy to overlook the fact that Fey has also found success within the world of fashion. Humor is her focus, even when she’s decked out in Thom Browne. Over the years, Fey has proved adept at carving out her look—an immaculately coiffed brunette bob, thick glasses, and a great pair of heels are her signatures—and infusing variety into her wardrobe. Fey does not take cues from her fictional counterparts; Liz Lemon may pull her hair back with chip clips and hold her bra together with tape, but the lackadaisical attitude about clothing does not correspond to Fey’s reality. Always stylish when it’s time for a big event, Fey has earned her fashion cred. Whether she’s front row during New York fashion week or in made-to-measure Vera Wang for the 2019 Academy Awards, she manages to exude confidence and down-to-earth glamour.

A look back through Fey’s best outfits reveals plenty about her perspective. A fan of clean lines and classically-minded designs, she skips trendier fare in favor of timeless pieces from New York-based brands such as Thom Browne, Oscar de la Renta, and Michael Kors when heading to awards shows. Gowns are nice, but Fey also understands the value of a great suit or menswear-inspired look. The opening night of the Mean Girls musical in 2017 called for executive realness, and she delivered just that in one of Gabriela Hearst’s sleek blazer dresses. Even casual moments in jeans and fitted blazers, like the one she wore for an appearance on Netflix’s Dressing Funny last year, manage to be polished.

In her 2011 autobiography, Bossypants, Fey outlines her fashion philosophy succinctly. “A wise friend once told me, ‘Don’t wear what fashion designers tell you to wear. Wear what they wear,’” she writes. “His point being that most designers, no matter what they throw onto the runway, favor simple, flattering pieces for themselves.” The sage advice, delivered before a self-effacing joke about her love of mall-staple Express, fits with Fey’s personality. You’re unlikely to see her stomp down a red carpet in an avant-garde Comme des Garçons ruffles—though what a thrill that would be—but you’ll always find her looking fabulous and entirely like herself.

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Amazon’s ‘Big Style Sale’ Aims to Boost Retailers Impacted by COVID-19

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Amazon Prime Day may be postponed this year, but Amazon is still planning to hold a summer sale this month for those retailers hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to a memo sent to sellers, and viewed by CNBC, Amazon will host a “Fashion Summer Sale Event” starting June 22. Expected to run for seven to 10 days, the digital spree aims to “drive excitement and jump-start sales,” the document said.

Less than three weeks ahead of the affair, details are still being finalized. Amazon is working on landing pages and has reportedly asked sellers to submit deals with a discount of at least 30 percent, CNBC said. It’s unclear whether items will be reduced for all shoppers or only Prime members.

“The ‘Big Style Sale’ is slated to take place later this month and will include seasonally relevant deals from both established and smaller fashion brands,” an Amazon spokesperson told PCMag in an emailed statement. “We are delighted to help brands connect with our vast global customer base for this event.”

The novel coronavirus is wreaking havoc across the world, bringing chaos and disorder to the health, education, and business sectors. Everyone from local Mom-and-Pop stores to global conglomerates have felt the effects of this pandemic. Amazon’s annual Prime Day shopping event, normally held in July, appears to be postponed until later this year, according to Reuters.

The e-commerce giant, flooded with online orders, has been prioritizing those for essential goods like groceries, cleaning items, and medical supplies. Shipping times for purchases have slipped to five days or longer, even for Prime subscribers. Despite trying to hire an additional 100,000 workers, some warehouses have reported cases of employees contracting coronavirus. The risk of infection, along with staff protests, has prompted Amazon to distribute face masks and conduct temperature checks.

All of which suggests that holding Prime Day during a crisis would be a logistical nightmare for the already overstretched company. (Last year’s event sold a record-breaking 175 million items to members worldwide.) How Amazon will handle a summer sale instead remains to be seen.

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Four simple games that will keep your unruly kids entertained for at least 20 minutes

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It’s been a long time since lockdown started. For some of us that’s meant weeks of mindless TV-watching and worrying about the future. For anyone with kids, it’s been hectic, busy, chaos, juggling jobs with being a parent and teacher 24/7. Don’t fear if you’ve run out of ideas for fun things to do. We got Mike Rampton, author of new kids’ games book ‘Open in Case of Emergency’ (Pop Press, £9.99), to reveal four you can play with minimal effort, minimal mess and minimal outside. 

1. Beasts in the tundra

A bit of preparation the night before and everyone becomes an archaeologist.

Age Four and up
Players Two and up (dependent on freezer space).
What you need One plastic box and one toy per player or team, a freezer.
How to play Freeze the toys in water in the plastic boxes the night before. Action figures or dinosaurs are ideal, and you can consider adding food colouring to the water to make it that bit wackier. Players then have to release their creatures from their frozen slumbers – just like Captain America – before their opponents do. Breathing heavily on to the ice, rubbing it or wrapping it up might all work, or (with adult supervision) heat and gravity can work wonders…

2. Blow football

A huffing, puffing, indoor version of the world’s most popular sport.

Age Five and up.
Players Two.
What you need Two straws, a ping-pong ball and something for goals: margarine tubs, books, whatever works.
How to play Mark out a pitch (or use something that already has two ends, like a rug or a table) using tape if needed. Work out where the centre line is, and go for it [blowing the ball through the straws], trying to score goals against your opponent. If anyone touches the ball with their hands, the other player gets a penalty from the centre line. The first to five goals wins.

Or blow skiing

Make a slalom course around a table using whatever is to hand – clumps of Blu-Tack with toothpicks sticking up out of them and a little paper flag make very nice ski gates, for instance. Take it in turns to do time trials [blowing the ball] around the course, with a ten-second penalty for every flag hit and a 30-second penalty if the ball falls off the table.

3. The great sock hunt

A scavenger hunt that makes up in ease for what it lacks in glamour.

Age Five and up.
Players Two and up.
What you need As many different pairs of socks as you wish.
How to play Hide one sock from every pair around the house, then present players with a pile of odd socks. Within a time limit (which depends on how big the house is, how many socks you’ve hidden, how good at hiding socks you are, and how good at finding socks they are – start with five minutes and experiment), and never carrying more than one sock at a time, can they reunite all the pairs?

Or super secret sock search

Hide the odd socks apart from one, which, instead of being hidden somewhere around the house, goes in your pocket. Players take it in turns to spend one minute each searching for socks, with each one they find eliminating one option as to what your pocketed ‘secret sock’ could be. The player who correctly describes that sock wins.

4. Five pence hockey

Air hockey tables cost a fortune. This alternative costs less than anything.

Age Seven and up.
Players Two.
What you need A table, tape, two 2p coins, one 1p coin.
How to play Don’t play on a table that is likely to get scratched – that’ll make the game a lot more expensive. Use the tape to mark out equally sized goals. Then stand one at either end and play hockey: slide your 2p around with your middle finger, using the penny as a puck. First to ten goals wins.

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