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    Verena Cavalheiro

    • Verena Cavalheiro is a New York investment-banking associate at Macquarie Capital.
    • Cavalheiro recently documented her daily routine for Business Insider.

    Working as a young investment banker can be a stressful grind with long hours.

    Verena Cavalheiro, a 28-year-old associate in the infrastructure and energy group at Macquarie Capital, deals with this pressure by squeezing in a half-hour run in Central Park at midday.

    Cavalheiro, who's based in New York City, has worked as a banker at Macquarie since 2015. She was born and raised in Brazil and attended the University of Nottingham in the UK. She now lives in the Financial District with her husband Jose. 

    Here's what a typical day looks like for her.

    Cavalheiro wakes up at 6:45 every morning and prepares for work. Before heading to the office, she checks her email and scans the news for deal announcements. Often, she'll make early-morning calls with colleagues in Australia, Europe, or Asia. On this day she had a call with a colleague in London.



    At 8:30 Cavalheiro arrived at the office in Midtown Manhattan after a half-hour commute. She often listens to podcasts on her way in, and her recent favorites include "Up First,""Planet Money," and "The Daily." As soon as she settled in at her desk, she had breakfast (oatmeal with banana and honey and a glass of water) in the office kitchen.



    At 9 she had a videoconference with coworkers from the commodities and global-markets division. They discussed a green-energy principal investment opportunity with a developer in biofuels.



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    tony stark avengers 4

    • Disney has 10 movies coming out in 2019.
    • Among the company's anticipated releases are "Avengers: Endgame,""Toy Story 4," and a "Frozen" sequel.

    If you thought Disney's list of movies last year was huge, we're in for another big year of long-awaited sequels, Marvel movies, and another journey to a galaxy far, far away.

    While we're all waiting for "Avengers: Endgame," Disney is also releasing a sequel to "Frozen" and two reimaginings of beloved animated classics.

    INSIDER rounded up the 10 Disney movies that will have you talking throughout 2019. 

    1. "Captain Marvel"

    Release date: Friday, March 8

    What it's about: Marvel's next superhero movie follows Carol Danvers (Oscar winner Brie Larson) as she's reborn with super powers in the '90s and becomes known as Captain Marvel.

    Why you should see it: If you're planning to see the next "Avengers" movie come April, you'll want to familiarize yourself with Captain Marvel as many expect her to show up in "Avengers: Endgame." We're also excited to see Jude Law join the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a de-aged Samuel L. Jackson (he's in this too!), and the return of "Guardians of the Galaxy" villain, Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace).

    Watch the trailer here.



    2. "Dumbo"

    Release date: Friday, March 29

    What it's about: The live-action remake of the 1941 animated movie follows the young elephant, Jumbo Jr., who gets made fun of for his oversized ears and nicknamed Dumbo.

    Why we're interested: The remake, directed by Tim Burton, looks like it's making some much-needed adjustments from the original, which included racist crows. This version of "Dumbo" will add a handful of new characters, including two young children who discover Jumbo Jr. can fly. The cast includes Colin Farrell as a war hero, Danny DeVito as a circus owner, Eva Green ("Penny Dreadful"), and Michael Keaton.

    Watch the trailer here.

    Read more: Meet the cast of Disney's live-action "Dumbo"



    3. "Penguins"

    Release date: Wednesday, April 17 (Earth Day)

    What it's about: Disney's eighth theatrical release from Disneynature follows a penguin named Steve who searches for a partner to start a family in the Antarctic.

    Watch the trailer here.



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    A tiny resort in the Maldives has been dubbed the best new luxury resort of 2019.

    Kudadoo Maldives is home to 15 one- or two-bedroom overwater residences and, in case the unobstructed ocean views aren't sufficient, also has an infinity pool that looks out over the water. It opened on December 26, but is already attracting high-profile guests.

    The hotel is part of the growing trend of eco-friendly tourism: The resort's sloped roof generates enough energy to serve 50 guests and 100 staff at any given moment.

    Readmore: The top 14 boutique hotels in the world that should be on every luxury traveler's list

    Kudadoo now numbers as one of many luxury hotel offerings in the Maldives, including the world's first underwater hotel villa, where a single night's stay costs $50,000, and a resort that's home to an underwater sculpture museum.

    It also joins the ranks of a seven-bedroom Swiss chalet that's been named the world's best ski lodge and a resort in Bali with "the world's best views" as must-see stops for wealthy travelers who are seeking the lap of luxury around the world.

    Keep reading for a look at the island retreat.

    SEE ALSO: The 13 best hotels in America that every traveler needs to visit in 2019

    SEE ALSO: For $25,000 a night, you can rent a luxury chalet that sits on top of a glacier in a remote part of Alaska

    Kudadoo Maldives is on a private island in Lhaviyani Atoll in the Indian Ocean. Guests fly into Malé International Airport ...

    Source: Kudadoo



    ... and are then flown to the resort, which is about 40 minutes away, by private seaplane.

    Source: Kudadoo



    The resort consists of 15 bungalows that arch out over the water in a circular shape.

    Source: Kudadoo



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    Mountain Bluebird.

    • The 50 states of the US (and Washington, D.C.) have been choosing official state birds since 1927.
    • Common "backyard" birds, like cardinals and robins, were chosen as state birds for more than one state.
    • Other birds, like Minnesota's common loon and New Mexico's infamous greater roadrunner, are more rare.

    Birds can seem so ubiquitous, it's easy to forget just how many rare and beautiful species there are flying the skies of the US.

    Certain types are more common than others, like the American robin and the northern cardinal, but others are entirely unique to a particular state or region, like New Mexico's roadrunner or South Dakota's ring-necked pheasant.

    Here's every official state bird in the US, including our nation's capital. 

    Alabama: Yellowhammer (aka Northern Flicker)

    The northern flicker, or "yellowhammer," bird was chosen as Alabama's official bird in 1927, though it has been associated with the state since the Civil War. The northern flicker is a type of woodpecker, making Alabama the only state in the country to have a woodpecker as a state bird.



    Alaska: Willow Ptarmigan

    Described as "stout" and "sociable," the willow ptarmigan can be found throughout Alaska's treeless country, and it officially became the state's bird when Alaska was granted statehood in 1960. Interestingly, the bird changes its color according to season: light brown in the summer, pure white in the winter.



    Arizona: Cactus Wren

    The largest type of wren in the country, the cactus wren can be seen perched atop cacti and other shrubs throughout Arizona. The cactus wren was named Arizona's state bird in 1931



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    Going on a diet is a losing game. Some research suggests more than nine out of every 10 people who try to diet will fail.

    Even people who are able to diet successfully often fight a tough battle against the body's evolutionarily savvy attempts to store extra energy. In fact, scientists have found that the bodies of severely overweight people who lose weight can actively work against them: as they slim down, their metabolism drops, making it harder to lose more weight. 

    Experts agree that extreme diets and juice cleanses aren't good long-term strategies for maintaining a healthy weight. To that end, the US News & World Report's 2018 ranking of the best diets put the trendy ketogenic diet dead last. 

    But there are a few simple things you can do to stay trim and satisfied in the long run. 

    We asked dietitian Jason Ewoldt from the nation's top-rated hospital, the Mayo Clinic, for his simplest, sanest ideas for staying lean. Here's his advice:

    SEE ALSO: The most surprising foods Weight Watchers considers zero points — and why

    Stay hydrated. If you hate drinking water, zest it up with citrus or drink it carbonated (without adding empty calories into your diet).

    Ewoldt noted that patients often end up misinterpreting thirst for hunger.

    "A lot of times, people just seem to be a little dehydrated," he said. 

    A 2016 study of more than 18,000 people in the US found that those who drank more water were consistently more satisfied and ate fewer calories on a daily basis. They also consumed lower amounts of sugar, fat, salt, and cholesterol than more dehydrated participants. 

    There's also some limited evidence that drinking water can help you burn through more calories, at least for a little while. So keep sipping.

     



    Whatever you drink, it's best to steer clear of sugar and probably artificial sweeteners, too.

    Drinking a lot of sugary coffee , tea, soda , or juice could increase your risk of an early death, according to a study of over 17,000 Americans above the age of 45. 

    But researchers are starting to discover that consuming drinks with fake sugar may not be any better when it comes to developing dangerous diseases.

    Scientists studying the blood vessels of rats discovered that while sugar and artificial sweeteners act in very different ways inside the animals' bodies, they can both up the odds of developing obesity and diabetes.

    The researchers think that artificial sweeteners may mess with the way our bodies process fat. 



    Aim for seven to eight hours of shut-eye per night.

    Most of us like to think we can operate well without a full night's sleep. But neuroscientist and sleep expert Matthew Walker says that's wrong. According to Walker, a lack of sleep is literally killing us.

    And it makes us eat more unhealthy food, too. 

    Research published in 2013 in the journal Nature Communications revealed that sleep-deprived eaters are more likely to reach for high-calorie foods and gain weight than well-rested people. That's because being sleepy also snoozes the region of the brain that helps tell us when we're full.



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    star wars set irl

    • Movie and TV sets can be extremely elaborate — if they're done right, they can transport viewers to an entirely new world.
    • Some sets are so elaborate that they are deemed too expensive to deconstruct once filming has wrapped.
    • When this happens, the structures are abandoned and left to rot, whether it's an American-style gas station off a highway in Morocco, or the remains of a faux bus/train crash in the Smoky Mountains.
    • Some have been turned into tourist attractions.

    Everything you see on a screen, whether it's fantastical new planet or a dystopian future on our very own Earth, has roots that exist in the real world.

    But what happens to these specially constructed sets once filming wraps? Sometimes, they're torn down as soon as cameras stop rolling — but other times, they're simply left to their own devices while the cast and crew move on.

    From "Star Wars" to "The Hills Have Eyes," here are seven iconic sets that were abandoned as soon as the cameras stopped rolling.

    The home of "The Hunger Games'" Katniss Everdeen was known as District 12, a small mining community.

    "The Hunger Games" series takes place in a dystopian future in which the country of Panem has been split into 12 districts. The series' heroine, Katniss Everdeen, lives in District 12, the poorest of all the districts.

    It's thought that District 12 is located in the Appalachian Mountains.



    The real District 12 is located at the abandoned Henry River Mill Village in North Carolina.

    According to Atlas Obscura, the Henry River Mill Village is one of the few ghost towns that exists on the East Coast, on the outskirts of the Smoky Mountains in North Carolina. It was fully abandoned in 1987, and didn't see much action until "The Hunger Games" was filmed there in 2012.

    The town offers unofficial "Hunger Games" tours and other activities throughout the year.



    Luke Skywalker's home planet of Tatooine in the "Star Wars" films has become iconic in the 40+ years since its first appearance.

    Tatooine is a desert planet with two suns. Both Luke and his father, Anakin Skywalker, called the desolate planet their home in the original and prequel trilogies of "Star Wars," and it is mentioned in the most recent trilogy and the Han Solo spin-off.



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    Blake Lively Martha Stewart

    • Martha Stewart definitely isn't afraid to speak her mind.
    • She has publicly shared her opinion about lots of celebrities and companies.
    • Stewart has had opinions about Rachel Ray, Blake Lively, Donald Trump, and others.

    With an empire that has, at one point or another, amassed a staggering $2 billion, Martha Stewart has firmly cemented her status as one of the most successful businesswomen of all time. Between her Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia empire — which includes magazines, TV shows, and endorsement deals — as well as branded books, home and decorating products, and meal delivery services, there are few domestic realms she hasn't put her signature touch on.

    And while the Stewart stamp of approval is one of the most trusted in the business, the mogul is also known for her honesty. She's never afraid to share her thoughts, and she rarely minces words. From fellow lifestyle gurus like Gwyneth Paltrow and Rachael Ray to Donald Trump, Stewart has shared her real opinion about plenty of celebrities over the years.

    These are the 16 times she has been brutally honest. 

    She's had a longstanding feud with Goop creator and actress Gwyneth Paltrow.

    Stewart reportedly fired the first shots at Paltrow's lifestyle and media brand, Goop, in 2013. According to Us Weekly, she said in an interview with Bloomberg TV, "I haven't eaten at Gwyneth's house, and I've never seen how she lives. But if she is authentic, all the better. I mean, I certainly hope she is," Stewart said, adding, "She really wants to be part of the lifestyle business … She's a charming, pretty person who has a feeling for lifestyle. She wants to be a lifestyle arbiter. Fine. Good. I think I started this whole category of lifestyle."

    Then in a 2014 interview with Net-a-Porter's Porter magazine, according to Page Six, Stewart said of Paltrow, "She just needs to be quiet. She's a movie star. If she were confident in her acting, she wouldn't be trying to be Martha Stewart."

    That same year, Stewart featured a "conscious coupling" pie recipe in her magazine, seemingly a dig at Paltrow's infamous divorce announcement from then-husband, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, which described the relationship as a "conscious uncoupling."

    Paltrow seemed to return the favor a month later by featuring a recipe for "jailbird cake" on Goop, a perhaps not-so-subtle dig at Stewart's 2004 stint in prison for insider trading charges.

    Later in 2014, former Martha Stewart Living CEO Lisa Gersh joined the Goop team as CEO. A day later, Paltrow jokingly discussing the "feud" with Us Weekly, saying "No one has ever said anything bad about me before, so I'm shocked and devastated," Paltrow said sarcastically. "I'll try to recover."

    She added, "If I'm really honest, I'm so psyched that she sees us as competition. I'm so psyched. I really am. At this point in my life, I don't take it personally."

    This feud seemed to simmer until September 2017, when Stewart appeared on "Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen." A caller questioned Stewart about the accusations against Goop's health claims, which have been controversial. First, Stewart quipped, "Who's Goop?" before saying, "No, that's not true. She's a good girl."



    Stewart said she doesn't quite understand the "Lean In" phenomenon.

    Ever since its 2013 release, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg's book "Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead" has been touted as a way to inspire a generation of women to assert themselves in the workforce.

    But in that same Porter magazine interview, Stewart seemed to think that Sandberg's "lean in" concept is a waste of women's time. She reportedly said, "Too much time is spent ... Isn't 'leaning in' spending a lot of time? ... I think being entrepreneurial is something women should strive for, rather than working up the corporate ladder."

    But it seems the two buried the hatchet pretty quickly because just weeks later, Stewart shared an Instagram photo of herself posing arm in arm with Sandberg at the Facebook headquarters.



    You won't find "Orange Is the New Black" on her Netflix queue.

    Even though Netflix's hit series was inspired by Piper Kerman's real-life experiences in a women's correctional institute in Danbury, Connecticut — where Stewart reportedly asked to spend her time after her 2004 sentencing — the famous prisoner isn't a fan of the show loosely based on Kerman's real-life experiences, nor is she a fan of Taylor Schilling's performance as Kerman.

    She reportedly told Porter magazine, "They could have done that so much better. That girl is not good enough, the lead actress," adding, "I met the real Piper [Kerman]. She was in prison either the same time or after me, and I talked to her about it."

    Then, when inmate Judy King joined the fictional Litchfield and bore more than a little bit of resemblance to Stewart's real-life story in season four, Stewart doubled down on her distaste for the show. In a 2016 appearance on Chelsea Handler's Netflix show, "Chelsea" the talk show host asked Stewart if she watched "OITNB."

    When she said she didn't, Handler asked, "Too close to home?" to which Stewart explained,
    "I experienced the real thing. When you live through something like 'Orange is the New Black,' the real characters are better."



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    ulta store

    The shelves of Ulta Beauty stores are lined with a variety of makeup and skin care items from both high-end and more affordable brands. With the additions of popular brands like Kylie Cosmetics and KKW Beauty, the amount of options can make shopping a bit overwhelming — especially when on a budget.

    INSIDER asked Ulta Beauty employees to pick out their favorite product in the store, and 14 of them were under the $25 mark. 

    Read more:42 Ulta Beauty employees tell us the only products you should buy

    Here are Ulta Beauty employees' favorite products in the store under $25.

    Anastasia Beverly Hills — Dipbrow Pomade

    Cost: $18

    This brow pomade is one of Anastasia Beverly Hills' most popular products, and it's Ulta employee Bailey's pick for her favorite item in the store. The pomade is meant to be applied with an angled brow brush to easily outline and fill brows.

    Find out more about Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade here >



    Urban Decay — Vice Lipstick Comfort Matte in Bad Blood

    Cost: $18

    Chloe pointed to Urban Decay's Vice Lipstick in the shade Bad Blood as her pick, since it provides a bold shade of red to the lips.

    Find out more about Urban Decay Vice Lipstick Comfort Matte in Bad Blood here >



    Mario Badescu — Facial Spray with Aloe, Herb and Rosewater

    Cost: $7

    Marissa told INSIDER she loves all three Mario Badescu sprays, but the rosewater variety is the one she uses religiously. It's formulated for all skin types and can be used to add a dewy finish.

    Find out more about Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herb and Rosewater here >



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    Debate

    • 2019 just started, but this year's calendar is already getting busy for potential 2020 contenders. 
    • With stops in Iowa and New Hampshire, these are some of the major events 2020 presidential candidates can look forward to in 2019: 

    SEE ALSO: An early look at the 2020 presidential contenders

    Fundraising for Quarter 1 begins — January 1, 2019.

    Presidential candidates will begin making their announcements in the first weeks of January, since fundraising for the first quarter of the year begins on January 1.  



    Politics & Eggs forums — beginning in February 2019.

    The "Politics & Eggs Forums," a long-held tradition in New Hampshire's political calendar, usually begin in February. During the series of forums hosted by the New England Council and Saint Anselm College, candidates meet one-on-one with attendees, sign wooden eggs, eat breakfast, and talk about their proposals, campaigns, and perspectives. 



    Fundraising for Quarter 1 ends — March 31, 2019.

    The first fundraising quarter of the year ends on March 31. 



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    The National Museum of African American History

    • With no end in sight for the US government shutdown, many Washington, DC museums and attractions have been forced to close their doors.
    • The Smithsonian temporarily closed 17 museums on Wednesday. The National Zoo is now shuttered as well.
    • Many tourists arrived at the sites, only to discover closure signs posted on doors and gates.

    Washington, DC, has been a bit quieter the last few days as a partial government shutdown now enters its second week.

    During this time, hundreds of thousands of federal employees have been put on furlough, with some choosing to work without pay. 

    While many national parks, museums, and attractions have attempted to remain open, Wednesday saw the closure of 17 Smithsonian-run museums, including the National Museum of American History.

    Read more:Photos show national parks and monuments overflowing with garbage

    The National Zoo has also shut down, bringing a temporary end to its beloved "Panda Cam."

    Sidewalks along the National Mall are now strewn with garbage amid a backdrop of empty monuments. 

    All the while, President Trump is holding firm on his desire fora $5.6 billion border wall between Mexico and the US.

    On the same day that the Smithsonian shuttered its museums, Trump declined to compromise on congressional funding, saying the shutdown would last "as long as it takes" to secure his demands. 

    In the meantime, visitors have been disappointed by the sight of closed museums, and citizens have been angered by the filth lining their streets. Take a look at the current state of affairs in Washington, DC.

    The Smithsonian announced the closure of all of its museums on Wednesday.



    Signs were posted outside the National Museum of American History, which receives around 6 million annual visitors.

    Source: Statista



    The National Zoo also closed its gates to visitors, though they insisted that "all animals will continue to be fed and cared for."

    Source: Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute



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    Wedding cake

    • Wedding cakes can be tricky. 
    • One couple cut into a frozen cake. 
    • Another insisted on a huge cake topper. 

    Wedding cakes can be a big deal. Literally and figuratively. The multi-tiered desserts are notoriously difficult to make, can be extremely expensive, and just precarious enough that the slightest mishap can ruin the entire dessert. Think, three tiers of cake all over the dance floor levels of ruined.

    We had wedding guests, planners and newlyweds share their worst wedding cake disasters.

    The statue topper was way too big.

    "I was coordinating a small summer wedding at a restaurant. The Mother of the Bride walks up to me, just as the ceremony is beginning, with a ‘cake topper’ and says she is going to go put it on top of the cake. It wasn't actually a cake topper at all: It was a figurine, made of porcelain, and at least a foot tall. It probably weighed about three pounds!

    "Just giving it a quick glance, I knew there was no way their petite cake could support the weight of this statue. Since the ceremony was about to begin, I took the figurine from her and told her I would place it on the cake later. Needless to say, I never put it on top of the cake. I placed it beside the cake and was going to put it up there just for the photos.

    "Before I could explain this to the Mother of the Bride, right after the ceremony, she decided to place it on top of the cake. I didn't notice until a few minutes later, I hear the soft but unmistakable sound of glass breaking. Surprise, surprise! The tall porcelain figurine tipped over, slid down the back of the already warm cake (taking all the icing with it), and smashed into several pieces on the floor. My staff and I quickly took the smashed cake and the broken figurine to the kitchen where we tried our best to reconstruct both. The cake fared better than the figurine, but not by much.

    "I moved the cake to a corner of the room with the ugly side facing the corner. I told the Mother of the Bride that we were saving the cake topper for the last moment, while my staff tried to super glue it back together. A few hours later, when the cake was served, the cake topper emerged. Broken and battered, but present."— Renee Scotti Dalo, owner at Moxie Bright Events

     



    The cake didn't travel well.

    "We had a bride’s mother who was really excited to bring in a cake from their favorite baker in Pennsylvania. We discussed with her repeatedly about how risky it was to transport a cake [to Virginia] in the middle of summer, and without the right equipment. However the plan was set, so the couple and my husband and I put together a three-step cake plan for the mother: 1. Each tier was to come boxed and un-stacked, so I could stack them on site. 2. She was to drive straight to the Manor with the A/C pumping and no stops. 3. The baker would provide extra icing to fix any patches.

    "Instructions weren’t followed and a rather large mess ensued. Everyone took it really well and one of our wonderful local bakers came through with less than 12 hours notice. We did manage to salvage some of the cake so those in the know would get to taste the best cake in Pennsylvania, and it did taste wonderful."—  Isadora Martin-Dye, owner and coordinator at Rixey Manor



    The cake didn't last and neither did the marriage.

    "My dear friend Simeon had a lavish and stunning three-tier cake, topped with pillars and figurine from the bride’s grandparents. While dancing the Hora, kicking legs out as we danced around and around, I suddenly felt a thump against my leg. As I turned to see who I had hit, I realized with shock and horror that my leg had hit the wedding cake table, creating – as I watched in horror — what looked like an earthquake. The cake didn’t survive, but neither did the marriage."— Michael Straus



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    • After years spending New Year’s in New York City at bar crawls, house parties, and underground raves, I was determined to find a New Year’s Eve party while visiting Morocco that would blow the bash in Times Square out of the water.
    • I scoured the internet and found out there was an all-night dance party arranged by Moroccan electronic-music partiers RAK Electronik in the Agafay Desert, a lunar landscape just an hour outside of Marrakech. I bought tickets.
    • With just 130 attendees and music blasting all night amid a stunning landscape, this New Year’s Eve bash was one I won’t soon forget.

    Every year, I scramble for something to do come New Year’s Eve. Living in New York City, as I have for the last seven years, can be a bit exhausting around that time of year.

    There’s the huge expectation that you want to do something cool and the crushing realization that all the bars cost hundreds of dollars a person. Some years, I’ve pushed myself to do a bar crawl at the few free bars in Brooklyn or, when I’ve gotten lucky, some far-out underground party. But most of the time, New Year’s means having a few friends over and watching the ball drop in Times Square on the television.

    This year, I wanted to go big. I had plans to be in Morocco, and I figured there must be something interesting happening. Cue a montage of me frantically scouring the internet.

    On Resident Advisor, every raver’s favorite website, I found out that Moroccan electronic-music outfit RAK Electronik had arranged an all-night dance party at a luxury camp in the Agafay Desert, a lunar landscape just an hour outside of Marrakech. A few friends and I bought tickets.

    It blew all of my New Year’s Eves in New York City out of the water. Here’s what it was like:

    SEE ALSO: We partied at the exclusive, sexy Hong Kong party with the art world’s elite on a 62,000-square-foot floating restaurant — here’s what it was like

    The party was held in the Agafay Desert, a hilly, lunar landscape about an hour outside of Marrakech. It’s a popular spot for Moroccans to head to on the weekends for horseback riding, riding ATVs, or just staring at the stars.



    There are a number of camps you can stay at in the area, but the RAK Electronik party was being held at the Agafay Desert Luxury Camp. It seemed to be farther into the desert than most camps. You could see the stunning Atlas Mountains in the distance.

    Agafay Desert Luxury Camp



    Tickets to the event weren’t cheap at $80 and up, depending on your tent setup. But I’m used to paying through the nose to stand in a crowded bar in New York City for the same amount of money or more. And don’t get me started on Times Square.



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    Qantas Boeing 787-9

    Despite a topsy-turvy 2018, commercial air travel remains one of the safest forms of transportation in the world. 

    On Thursday, AirlineRatings.com unveiled its list of the safest airlines in the world for 2019. The Australian website, which reviews aviation safety and in-flight products, selected the winning carriers from a pool of 405 airlines. 

    "These airlines are standouts in the industry and are at the forefront of safety, innovation, and the design and launching of new aircraft," Geoffrey Thomas, AirlineRatings.com's editor in chief, said in a statement. 

    According to AirlineRatings.com, the safest airlines in the world for 2019 is Qantas. 

    Read more: The 10 best airlines in the world for 2019.

    "It is extraordinary that Qantas has been the lead airline in virtually every major operational safety advancement over the past 60 years and has not had a fatality in the jet era," Thomas said.

    "But Qantas is not alone," Thomas continued. "Long established airlines such as Hawaiian and Finnair have perfect records in the jet era."

    Qantas was not immediately available for comment. 

    Apart from Qantas, AirlineRatings.com declined to rank the other 20 airlines on its list. 

    Airlines from Europe and Asia dominate the list with eight and six entrants, respectively. No airlines from South America or Africa made the list.

    According to the publication's editorial team, the airlines are selected based a host of factors, including results from audits conducted by aviation-governing bodies, government audits, the airline's crash and accident records, fleet age, and profitability. 

    Here's a look at the safest airlines in the world counting down from 21 in reverse-alphabetical order, except for Qantas, which holds the No. 1 spot:

    SEE ALSO: The CEOs of Brazil's biggest airlines reveal the extreme challenges they are up against

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    21. Virgin Australia, the Australian offshoot of Richard Branson's aviation empire, was founded in 1999 as a low-cost carrier called Virgin Blue. In 2011, the company switched to a traditional, full-service business model and was rebranded as Virgin Australia. The airline has no fatal crashes in its history.



    20. Virgin Atlantic is Branson's original aviation venture. Since 2012, 49% of the Crawley, England-based carrier has been under the control of the Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines. Virgin Atlantic has not suffered any fatal crashes in its history.



    19. Chicago-based United Airlines took its current shape in 2012 with the merger of United and Continental airlines. United has not suffered a fatal crash unrelated to terrorism in more than 20 years.



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    new year resolutions

    • New Year's resolutions are notoriously hard to keep. 
    • This is because they can often be too vague or too monumental. 
    • If you've already failed yours, here are seven more manageable resolutions you can try.

    New Year's resolutions are hard to keep. In fact, about 80% of people fail to stick to them for longer than six weeks.

    Most changes people want to make seem to involve their health — losing weight, exercising more, or eating more salads. But research has shown that the more vague your self-promises, the less likely you are to keep them. 

    It's only day three of the year, but you may have slipped up on your resolutions already. If so, it might be time to try something new, instead of recycling the same old tired ideas. 

    Here are seven alternative and easy-to-keep changes that you can feel good about making in 2019.

    1. Reduce your carbon footprint by finding discounted food

    Being more environmentally aware can include making more of an effort to recycle, and cooking more meals from scratch. Another is to make the most of discounted food before it gets thrown away. Many supermarkets drop their prices of food before the end of the day to reduce waste, but cafés and restaurants have started to do the same.

    The Swedish app Karma is currently available in Sweden and London, with the potential of going worldwide. It allows you to find high-quality food at a 50% discount from over 1,500 places. There are even some Michelin-starred restaurants on the list.



    2. Find five minutes a day for your mental wellbeing

    Everyone has to deal with stress, so you should consider making it a resolution to try and manage it better. One way to do this is by using apps like Calm, which have relaxing noises like falling rain and free meditation sessions.

    Mental health app Remente is another one which combines psychology with brain and mental training to help you manage stress and become more efficient in how you handle day to day life. It also helps free up time so you can focus on other things.



    3. Stretch every morning

    In a Ted talk, Harvard psychologist Amy Cuddy said you can make improvements in your life simply by stretching out in the morning. If you wake up and throw your arms out in a V shape, she said, you're more likely to be happy throughout the day. In comparison, you could be doing your emotions a disservice if you wake up in the fetal position.



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    • Working night hours or even the occasional night shift can potentially have an impact on your health, even though you may not have realized that it could.
    • Working at night can potentially impact your blood pressure, heart health, risk of having a stroke, or menstrual cycle. 
    • From exercising regularly to being consistent with your nighttime shifts, there are a number of things that experts suggest mitigates the impact that working night hours can have on your health.

    Whether you do so often or occasionally, working night shifts can certainly impact the way that you sleep. But the impact it can have on your health goes way beyond your sleep schedule. Working night hours have been tied to both mental and physical side effects. Of course, experts say there are ways to manage these potential side effects.

    Whether you work night shifts exclusively or only every so often, here's what you need to know about how working at night can potentially impact your health.

    You can end up with sleep disorders.

    Most of the time, these sleep issues look very similar to other sorts of sleep issues.

    "They call it 'shift-work sleep disorder,' so basically anytime someone is having symptoms of insomnia or symptoms of excessive sleepiness that happen in relation to them working at night or having these weird, off-work schedules,"Dr. Cedrina L. Calder, MD, a preventive medicine physician, told INSIDER. "So [it] would just be just a normal sleep disorder but it would be related to the type of work that they're doing."

    Doing your best to get the rest you need, minimizing light during the day when you need to be sleeping, and generally taking care of yourself can help, Dr. Rick Pescatore, DO, FAAEM, an emergency medicine physician and the director of clinical research at Crozer-Keystone Health System, told INSIDER. 



    It could impact your digestive health.

    If you sometimes work at night, you may likely end up eating meals at times that aren't considered the norm or times your body isn't used to. You could also be eating a different amount than usual or perhaps you might be eating a bit less healthily than you otherwise would. Because of this, you could end up dealing with constipation, weight gain, indigestion, and more, said Calder. 

     



    You may feel socially isolated.

    If you work at night and all of your friends and family members work (or are awake) during the day, it can make you feel a bit more isolated than you otherwise would feel, which may not be good for your mental health. Calder said that being left out from those social activities in which you'd otherwise partake can potentially lead to depression and irritability.



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    • Tennis superstar Serena Williams and tech guru Alexis Ohanian have had a whirlwind two years. 
    • They got engaged, had a daughter, and got married — and have had numerous professional accomplishments on the side.
    • Here's how the pair met and fell and love. 

    The past two years have been huge for Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian

    Since December 2016, the tennis superstar and tech guru, respectively, got engaged, had a baby daughter, and got married.

    But things weren't always perfect. In fact, when they first met, Williams tried to get Ohanian to go away by telling him there was a rat nearby. 

    In the July 2017 cover story of Vanity Fair, writer Buzz Bissinger got the inside look at their love story. That, along with Instagram sleuthing, helped us compile the story of Ohanian and Williams' whirlwind romance. 

    Here's how this power couple from opposite worlds fell in love. 

    SEE ALSO: Reddit's founder thought people in Silicon Valley were the hardest workers — until he met his fiancée, Serena Williams

    The pair met in May 2015 at the Rome Cavalieri hotel, when Ohanian sat down at the table next to Williams' outside by the pool, according to Vanity Fair. Williams and her friends tried to get him to leave by telling him there was a rat at his table. When it didn't work, they invited him to join them.

    Source: Vanity Fair



    Williams had never heard of Reddit before, and Ohanian had never watched Williams play tennis, but he agreed to come to the match later that day. He knew so little about the sport that the first photo he shared publicly of Williams shows her committing a foot fault.

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    When they met, Ohanian had just gotten out of a five-year relationship with his college sweetheart, microbiologist Sabriya Stukes.

    Source: The New York Times, Vanity Fair



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    • Lauren Ko is a Seattle-based baker who got her start after her Instagram account of pies with unique geometric designs went viral.
    • Her website Lokokitchen shows her intricately designed pies, which has attracted the attention of Martha Stewart, Oprah, and more.
    • Ko's online fame has given her the opportunity to pursue baking full-time.
    • The self-taught baker now spends her days teaching classes and continuing to design eclectic pies.
    • She told INSIDER she is also working on a cookbook.

    To Lauren Ko, pies are more than just food. The Seattle-based, 31-year-old baker says she is "more an artist and designer than a baker." The only difference is that her medium is edible.

    Ko’s Instagram account is filled to the brim with intricately designed pies that draw inspiration from everyday objects and events around her. The skill and detail in her designs might indicate the work of an established pastry chef, but baking started out as a hobby for Ko.

    Her website Lokokitchen started in 2017, and has grown from being Ko’s pet project to an online phenomenon that has caught the attention of the likes of Martha Stewart and Oprah. It has since allowed Ko to quit her job in higher education to pursue her passion full-time.

    We spoke with Ko to find out more about her inspirations, designs, and what life is like after going viral.

    The popularity of Ko's pies led to her quitting her job and making Lokokitchen a full-time gig.

    A former executive assistant in higher education, Ko told INSIDER she was "working a 56-hour a week office job" and didn't "have time to just bake or develop new ideas." She said that it got to the point where she couldn't juggle the two, and had to decide which path to take — and pies it was.

    Ko quit her job last year, and is now focusing on coming up with new pie designs, and working on teaching classes and workshops in the Seattle and Portland areas, in addition to other projects and collaborations.



    Ko makes pies that defy convention.

    Ko is known for her colorful, geometric designs that toss out traditional baking conventions. It's something she's proud of.

    "Pies are a very warm, traditional, nostalgic kind of food, but to see it done in a modern and unique way is what makes them so appealing," she said.



    Many of her pies draw inspiration from the inedible.

    Some of Ko's designs don't resemble traditional pie at all, but that's what she says makes the pies so novel and appealing for fans. She's inspired by architecture, string art, textiles and even produce.

    Ko told INSIDER she's taken inspiration from items like lawn chairs and purses to bathroom floors and storm drains. "I like to say inspiration is everywhere," she said.



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    From the popularization of 10-step Korean skincare routines to beauty tools like facial rollers, skincare products had a major moment in 2018 — and there's no sign these trends are slowing down any time soon.

    Whether you've been keeping up with the latest in serums and masks for the past year or you're just starting to get curious about what all of these products actually do, the start of 2019 is a great time to pick up some new products and set yourself up for skincare success. 

    If getting seriously glowing skin is one of your 2019 goals, start here. Dermstore is one of our favorite spots to pick up high-quality skincare products, beauty, and makeup.

    Right now, Dermstore is having a New Year Sale where you can score up to 20% off on select products. Just use the code "SILVER" at checkout to get these savings and move one step closer to your best skin yet.

    If you're looking for some inspiration, we already checked out the sale and found plenty of deals on great products that target many skincare concerns.

    Keep reading for 21 great deals to get your skin glowing at Dermastore's New Year Sale:

    A setting powder made with skin-friendly, cruelty-free ingredients for a bright, even complexion

    Glo Skin Beauty Perfecting Powder, $30.40 (Originally $38) [You save $7.60]



    A gentle cleanser packed with essential oils and vitamins to keep skin clean and hydrated

    This Works Clean Skin Gentle Cleanser, $28 (Originally $35) [You save $7]



    A clarifying toner that eliminates impurities and keeps oily skin at bay

    Babor Cleansing CP Tonic, $25.60 (Originally $32) [You save $6.40]



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    David and Victoria Beckham

    • English soccer superstar David Beckham and Spice Girl-turned-fashion designer Victoria Beckham became one of the world's most famous power couples when they started dating back in 1997.
    • Together, Victoria and David Beckham are worth a whopping $900 million — upwards of $300 million more than the Queen herself.
    • The Beckhams' lavish lifestyle include spending on beautiful homes, luxurious vacations, and star-studded events.

    Victoria and David Beckham have been dominating pop culture as Britain's "It" couple since they first got together in 1997.

    Victoria — a former Spice Girl who built a fashion empire — has reportedly made a whopping $450 million in her career. Her husband has raked in a similarly astronomical amount of cash thanks to his incredibly successful soccer career and his endorsement deals across a spectrum of companies.

    Naturally, the Beckhams — along with their four children — lead an incredibly lavish lifestyle featuring beautiful houses, expensive cars, luxurious trips, and star-studded events.

    Check out how the Beckhams make and spend their millions below.

    International soccer superstar David Beckham and Spice Girl-turned-fashion designer Victoria Beckham former a power couple when they started dating back in 1997.



    And more than two decades later, the Beckham family — which includes, David, Victoria, and their four children — is the closest thing to British royalty outside of the actual royal family.

    Source: Instagram



    Together, Victoria and David Beckham are worth a whopping $900 million — upwards of $300 million more than the Queen herself.

    Source: Elite Daily



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    • Smartphones have mostly eliminated the need for Walkmans, flip phones, and digital cameras.
    • The original Game Boy and games like "The Oregon Trail" are no longer in production.
    • VCRs and portable DVD players are a thing of the past thanks to streaming services.

    In just a few decades, technology has gone from Walkmans that play cassette tapes to iPhones that play music and videos, make calls, connect to the internet, take photos, and perform countless other tasks.

    The swift pace of progress means that some gadgets get left behind.

    Here are 16 pieces of technology from the last 50 years that are no longer in use.

    Sony Walkmans

    This original portable music player was popular during the 1980s. The first model sold only 3,000 units in its first month of release in 1979. Clever marketing on the streets of Tokyo saved the personal cassette player, and sales soared the very next month. Sony stopped producing new Walkmans in 2010 after a successful 30-year run.



    Pagers

    Emergency services still use pagers since they're more reliable than cell phones during natural disasters, but they've otherwise vanished from popular use.



    Motorola RAZR flip phones

    The Motorola RAZR was released in 2004 and became the best-selling flip phone of all time with over 130 million sold over four years. The iPhone made it pretty obsolete — a 2008 report found that 23.8% of iPhone users had switched over from the RAZR.

     



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