SIMULPUB ALERT!! The second chapter of The Case Study of Vanitas by Jun Mochizuki (PandoraHearts) is out worldwide tomorrow!!

Jun Mochizuki, acclaimed creator of PandoraHearts, continues her epic adventure tale, The Case Study of Vanitas!

Following the incident on the ship, Noe manages to arrive in Paris—but in jail?! To make matters worse, the eccentric Vanitas is still at his side, and it doesn’t seem like getting rid of him will be easy. What exactly is Vanitas up to?!

Read the second installment of Jun Mochizuki’s latest epic adventure tale, The Case Study of Vanitas!

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Please note: Amazon US is erroneously listing the release date as Jan 29. The release date is Jan 22. If you’re unable to access the listings for the chapter at your favorite e-tailer, please try again later. The data has already been distributed to the accounts! Also, if you’re outside of the US, remember to go to your local Amazon/GooglePlay storefronts where applicable.

Getting Real and Getting Over it (Eve, Adalind and Nick)

If the Grimm audience can get over Juliet/Eve killing Nick’s mom, trying to kill Nick and burning the tailer, I think they can get over the cookie, cat, lingerie incidents Adalind was responsible for. 

Nick and the scooby gang have done some crappy things to Adalind too. What constantly gets pushed under the rug is that they kidnapped her baby. She wasn’t given a chance to decide how to protect Diana. Perhaps she would have gone with Kelly if it meant being close to her child…but the fact is, nobody asked for her opinion. The scooby gang decided they knew best, lied to her, and stole her child from her. As a mom myself, if someone took my baby, I would probably try to kill them. Adalind taking Nick’s powers was a pretty tame reaction. 

Now that Nick has a baby, I think he can see what Adalind went through from a different perspective. There’s certainly no doubt he would kill anyone to took little Kelly from him.

I also have a real problem with all the blame Adalind gets for what happened to Juliet. If Nick had really wanted to keep Juliet safe, he would have cut her loose during the first season or moved to California to start over after his powers were gone (I have a lot more to say about that but I’ll save it for a different post). I think the show needs to address Nick and Adalind’s past more directly. If they do it fairly, a lot of contention in all the fandoms would be relieved. 


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Designing my next kit: AK model

Tactical gear:
MAV panel from Tactical Tailer:
6 taco pouches:
Blow out pouch:

Smoke grenades: enola Gaye models
3 smoke grenade pouches:
Battle belt:
Dump pouch:
Molle Kydex holster:
5 pistol Taco pouches:
2 drum mag pouches:
Molle sheathe for knife:
Radio pouch:

Alice pack:

Gimme input.


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Because I realized I never shared how fucking huge my scissors are… They are almost a hundred years old, too. They belonged to my great grandfather who worked as a tailer, and when I began sewing costumes, they were passed to me. I’m the only one in the family who sews their own clothes, so, ya know…

ASOS Apologizes For Selling ‘Slave’ T-Shirt Modeled by a Black Man

ASOS trying to make being a slave indie 🙄 pic.twitter.com/xDFTSS9ePG

— hails (@danhails97)

February 3, 2016

Just in time for Black History Month, ASOS finds itself in the middle of a completely avoidable controversy that is making us shake our heads. The e-tailer has come under fire for selling a shirt on their Marketplace site (where indie designers can peddle their goods), emblazoned with the word “slave”… modeled by a black man. Jesus, take the wheel.

The shirt in question comes from the brand Wasted Heroes, created by Liverpool-based graphic designer Russell Reid. The shirt is part of a series inspired by various brand logos like Disney and Coca-Cola. “This wasn’t meant to cause any offense and was about being a slave to a label. It really was extremely stupid of us,” Wasted Heroes tweeted.

ASOS sent out some tweets through their customer-service twitter account too, profusely apologizing for overlooking the glaringly troubling image. “This product was created by an independent seller & we removed it from the Marketplace site asap- Sorry for any offense caused,” they said. According to the Daily Mail, ASOS’ Marketplace site is “unregulated.” Sure, the enslavement of African-descended people ended long ago, but besides the fact that many of the nations who participated in the Trans-Atlantic slave trade are still benefitting from the labor and deaths of the millions who toiled so many years later, this is in extremely poor taste. A black man with the word “Slave” written across his torso conjures up painful images that I think we can all agree no one wants to revisit now. Seriously, come on people. 

But mostly, to me this misstep further proves the need for education and awareness in the fashion industry. It seems no one on that particular shoot even spoke up and said “Hey… maybe this fellow is not the best person to model this shirt, regardless of what you intended the message to be.” It is mind-boggling to think that no one even thought that the image might be problematic. Or maybe they knew and didn’t care, which would quite frankly come as little surprise. While I don’t necessarily think that the people at ASOS and Wasted Heroes are racist, I do think there was a clear lack of critical thinking here. The bar for cultural sensitivity when it comes to retailers is already extremely low. But is it really this low? Enough of the fauxpologies. Enough of the claims of “we didn’t mean to.” It’s time for brands to stop feigning cluelessness and remorse, and to start doing better. If they are really sorry, they will pay more attention to what they choose to sell and how they’re advertising it. 

And if they’re not… they will continue to have these kinds of PR disasters. The choice is theirs!

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Why Face Mists Matter More Than You Think #beauty

Most of us have been taught to moisturize our skin twice—once in the A.M. and again before bed—and call it a day. But what if our skin needs more than that? That’s the school of thought in Korea, where practicing good skin care is practically a national sport. Instead of relegating moisturizer to morning and night, Korean women are all about 24/7 hydration. Sounds intense, right? This is where face mists come in.

Why They’re a Big Deal
Go for a stroll in Seoul and chances are, you’ll catch someone spritzing her face with face mist. “We definitely see women spritzing them all the time—in public transportation, at cafes, on streets,” says Sarah Lee, cofounder of the Korean beauty e-tailer Glow Recipe. Many stash travel-size versions in their purses so they’ll never be caught without them. Much like essences, face mists have carved out an entirely new category. Lee, who recently visited Korea, noticed that the shelves at Olive Young (the country’s equivalent of Sephora) were crammed with mists—proof that it’s become less a second-thought and more of a nonnegotiable.

What They Do
We hear you: Face mists? How are they even groundbreaking? What sets these next-gen versions apart is their formulations, which have been designed with the crazy-high standards of Korean consumers in mind. Instead of just feeling nice on skin (and fun to spritz), they actually get work done. While pretty much all of them hydrate skin, “there are mists that tone skin, set makeup, act as a serum to nourish skin throughout the day, or even cool skin down,” says Alicia Yoon, founder of K-beauty e-commerce site Peach & Lily. A common belief in Korea (backed up by research) is that production of sebum—the gunk that clogs pores to form pimples—increases with a rise in skin temperature. So if your face feels hot, explains Yoon, consequences can appear in the form of oiliness and breakouts. This is where mists are especially helpful, since they cool skin on contact. But regardless of the bonus benefits, hydration is still the star of this show. “When your skin is dehydrated, its protective barrier gets weaker, which means collagen and elastin can break down faster,” explains Yoon. By keeping it well moisturized, you’re setting yourself up for smoother, glowier skin in the long run.

How to Use Them
Good news! You don’t have to cram yet another step into your usual skincare routine. (Phew.) Face mists are best as on-the-go hydrators, spritzed on whenever your skin feels uncomfortable or tight during the day—or you just feel like you need a pick-me-up. It also minimizes the drying effects of indoor heating, so keep it close by if you’re trapped inside this winter. As for spraying face mist over makeup, it’s totally fine. In fact, they often help makeup last even longer and give skin a fresh, dewy sheen. Read on to figure out which option is right for you.

Best All-Around Mist

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Thanks to the combo of acai berry (there’s a whopping 20 percent in here), blueberry, and raspberry extracts, the antioxidant level in this is off the charts—which gives you protection against daily skin aggressors (think UV and pollution).
Ariul Berry Vital Recharging Gel Mist ($18, peachandlily.com)

Best for Skin That Looks Greasy by 3 P.M.

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Try trading in your blotting papers for a few spritzes of this. The tea tree oil tightens pores and zaps any bacteria attempting to cause a breakout.
Tea Tree 70 Mist Toner ($33, glowrecipe.com)

Best for Skin Drier Than the Sahara

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There’s no water (a common filler in products) in this, which means you get more of the good stuff, like soothing aloe vera and floral extracts. Consider it green juice for your skin.
Whamisa Organic Flowers Damask Rose Petal Mist ($38, glowrecipe.com)

Best If Your Purse Already Weighs 10 Pounds

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These travel-friendly twins are all about antioxidant-rich lotus leaf extract, which is paired with camellia for a calming effect and lemon extract for brightening.
The Lotus Leaf & Camellia Mist and The Lotus Leaf & Lemon Mist ($33 each, peachandlily.com)

Best After You Hit the Gym

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The blend of ginseng extract (which boosts production of moisture-magnet hyaluronic acid) and calming honey take down any redness that lingers post-spin class.
Soyedodam Organic Ginseng Mist ($25, glowrecipe.com)

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Electronic gadgets top choice for e-tailers this R-Day sale

New Delhi, Jan 25 (IANS) With the Republic Day online sale offering some great discounts entering its last phase, the nation’s top e-taliers have seen a tremendous response from the customers for mobile phones and other electronic gadgets.

Almost all the major e-retailers like Flipkart, Amazon, Naaptol, eBay, Myntra and Snapdeal have come up with their own themes on Republic Day.

According to Snapdeal, the demand for mobile phones and accessaroies and other eletronic gadgets soared since it started its sale with a tagline “Republic of Savings” on January 21 for six days, offering discounts of up to 70 percent.

“The response from the public is fantastic for mobile phones ranging from Rs.10,000 like Lenovo A6000. With special offers on Nexus5, I-phone 5S and Micromax, sales are rising as Republic Day approaches,” Rahul Taneja, vice president (category management) of Snapdeal, told IANS.

“Apart from mobile phones, JBL headphones and Canon 1200D cameras, Boothtooth audio equipment and sound bass of JBL demand are rising,” Taneja stated as the Snapdeal sale ends on January 26.

Flipkart’s “Republic Day” three-day sale that was kicked-off on January 20 saw consumers buying heavily into electronic brands like Micromax, Lenovo, Samsung, Apple, Canon and Nikon.

According to Flipkart, it saw 30 percent growth in traffic with home appliances and large appliances among the top searched categories.

“Samsung Galaxy On5 and On7 sold close to a lakh units with 10 times spike in air fryers. Memory cards were the top-selling item with 300 percent growth in this segment,” a Flipkart statement said.

For Amazon, the “Great Indian Sale” that was spread across three days from January 21-23 saw great response.

“With this 72-hours marathon deals, our customers had a delightful time shopping in the New Year across a wide selection of products at best possible price-points,” Samir Kumar, vice president with Amazon India, said.

The Amazon ‘Great India Sale’ had limited-time deal on brands like GoPro Cameras, ME Electronics and Ravensburger Puzzles.

According to Amazon, video games and music witnessed their biggest days in terms of units sold on first day of sale.

Customers also availed up to 7.5 percent off on HDFC bank debit and credit card on Flipkart.

On Amazon, customers enjoyed instant discounts on Amazon.in gift cards while Citibank credit card holders were given 10 percent cash back in addition to great savings during the sale.Naaptol, on each day of its sake Jannuary 22-26, is offering two of its best-selling products at jaw-dropping discounts of up to 70 percent.

“During the Naaptol Republic Day Sale, we have adopted a new and highly exciting approach for the benefit of our customers. We will be unveiling 'One Day’ offers. Each day becomes replete with thrill and unbelievable discounts adding to the festive mood around Republic Day,” said Naaptol founder and CEO Manu Agarwal.

(Isha Sharma can be contacted at isha.s@ians.in)

BigBasket plans to up revenue 10 fold

Online grocer BigBasket’s net losses trebled to Rs 60 crore in the year to March 2015 while revenues more than doubled to Rs 170 crore. In FY14, the e-tailer, which follows an inventory-led model, had posted a loss of Rs 21.60 crore on the back of revenues of Rs 70 crore, according to the filings with the Registrar of Companies.

The e-retailer is understood to be targeting a presence in 50 cities with a monthly revenue run rate of $1 billion in 2016; currently it operates in eight cities and the revenue run rate in August was $100 million. While grocery constitutes the biggest chunk of the Indian retail market at 48%, analysts believe this is a tall ask. “We believe this tenfold increase in revenue within a year could be hard to achieve primarily as customers in smaller towns may not easily shift from their local retailer and building localised offerings — incorporating local tastes — may take time,” Kotak Institutional Equities wrote in a recent report.

The size of the Indian grocery market is pegged at Rs 20 lakh crore. The opportunity for organised (including online) grocery retailers is seen at Rs 3.4 lakh crore based on the needs of cities with a population of 1 million-plus. However, with thousands of mom-and-pop stores as also organised players like Spencer’s, Reliance Fresh and Food Bazaar in the segment, competition is already keen and only increasing with Amazon entering the space.

BigBasket, which maintains its stocks and supply chain competes with a Grofers, which follows an inventory-less or aggregator model, tying up with existing shops to supply to consumers. Analysts believe that while the inventory-led model appears to have a better margin profile at the current levels of scale — 10,000-20,000 orders a day — should the scale rise tenfold, the inventory-less model could deliver better margins since the biggest cost — delivery — could fall dramatically.

In October last year, BigBasket closed $18-million in funding from Sands Capital Management and about $50 million in August from existing investor Bessemer Ventures. It has raised $120 million so far, and plans to raise another $150 million over the next two years. “We would like to remain the market leader in this segment, and we welcome competition as it would help in opening up the markets faster,” BigBasket’s CEO Hari Menon had told FE earlier. The company is eyeing a $1-billion valuation over the next 18 months. The company is also faced with a challenge in retaining the blue-collar workforce, a segment in which it is facing 10-15% attrition.