Author - Emily Smith

Twenty-one years old, with green eyes, pretty good teeth and currently venturing through Philosophy and Literature degree. But all that is semantics.
What’s important to know is that I have a passion for creative writing, reading and travelling and a love for deep ideas, deep people and deep tubs of ice cream.

Celebs

What Was Kate Middleton’s Life Like Before?

At the moment, Kate Middleton is living a life that we can only imagine. She has three gorgeous children, millions of fans and she lives in a palace, married to an actual prince. But that’s quite far from what her life used to be before she joined the royal family.

Although Kate Middleton has always been wealthy, her life is very different now. She used to have what we call a normal life; socializing with friends, spending quality time with family, and enjoying school and work.

It was when she met Prince William at the University of Saint Andrews that her life changed forever. But what exactly did she do before she fell in love and married Prince William?

She Had a Regular Job

Being where she is now, it’s difficult to imagine Kate Middleton waking up early and heading off to work. However, that’s exactly what she used to do.

After graduating from college, she was an accessories buyer for Jigsaw, a British fashion label. Her job consisted of running errands during photo shoots and other administrative responsibilities.

Granted, she only worked three days a week in Jigsaw’s London office because she had to make time to accompany Prince William in all these different events and engagements.

Belle Robinson, the founder of the fashion label was impressed by Kate Middleton and the way she handled the paparazzi. It’s not easy to have a bunch of photographers following you around, even at work, but Middleton seemed unfazed by it, which is quite remarkable.

Belle Robinson also noted that Kate Middleton would always interact with everyone, no matter their level in the company, and she didn’t think of herself as better than everyone else.

She Worked For Her Family’s Company

The Middleton family owns a very successful company called Party Pieces and they sell party supplies. The business started over 30 years ago and it has always been lucrative, thus allowing the family to live a wonderful life.

Kate Middleton was also a part of the company and she worked for them before marrying to Prince William. As a child, she and her sister Pippa were featured in the company’s catalog.

As an adult, she continued to model for catalogs as well as working on their design and production. She also had opportunities in marketing and photography inside the company.

She Lived With Her Sister

Kate Middleton’s current place of residence is nothing other than the Kensington Palace, but before she became a member of British royalty, she lived with her parents, of course. Once she moved out, she lived in a London apartment, which she shared with her sister Pippa.

This apartment was purchased by their parents and it was located in Chelsea, London. The duchess lived there until 2011 when she married Prince William. Her sister, Pippa, and her brother James continued to live in this apartment.

It’s safe to say that Kate Middleton’s life has changed quite a lot, even if she was already living on the privileged side of the specter. Even so, you can’t deny being the wife of a Prince certainly has its benefits.

She used to do what everyone else does, even if they come from wealth; she had a job, responsibilities, she lived with her family, and did all the normal things we do on a daily basis.

That changed forever when she married Prince William and even though she exists like everyone else, her life is much more different to ours than we could ever imagine.

At the moment, Kate Middleton is living a life that we can only imagine. She has three gorgeous children, millions of fans and she lives in a palace, married to an actual prince. But that’s quite far from what her life used to be before she joined the royal...

editorial

Tallest Women In Showbiz

The famous women of Hollywood can suddenly tower over you with their hight. Sometimes it’s hard to tell just how tall your favorite star is when she’s on the red carpet – that is until you see them next to each other. Here are the tallest women in the celebrity world.

Ireland Baldwin-6’2 (188 cm)

The daughter of Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin towers over her famous folks. Its no wonder the starlet as earned some coveted modeling gigs! We all remember back in 2011 when at age 11 she gained publicity thanks to an angry voicemail sent to her by her father that went public where he was heard calling her names.

Don’t step off the ladder yet, there’s more:

The famous women of Hollywood can suddenly tower over you with their hight. Sometimes it’s hard to tell just how tall your favorite star is when she’s on the red carpet – that is until you see them next to each other. Here are the tallest...

Fashion

‘Mushroom Blond’ Hair Is Summer’s Biggest New Trend

The trend of using food to describe our hair colors has grown. Not only do we have toasted coconut, peach cobbler, and cold brew, but the latest trend is having mushroom blond hair. According to Pinterest, this last shade is quickly overtaking the others with searches on the site up by a whopping 308 percent.

Mushrooms may sound a bit bland and boring at first, but from the looks of it, it’s the exact opposite.

Mushrooms colors are soooo interesting!

If you’ve ever studied a mushroom, you’d notice that its colors are multifaceted. You’ll find multiple shades of dark and light brown, even blonde, and the hair color truly reflects those ashy shades you’d find in a mushroom. It’s an in-between color – not quite blonde but not quite brown.

“It’s right in between light brown and dark blond, like an ashier version of brond,” says Stephani Brown, master colorist at New York City’s IGK Salon Soho. As a result, the shade is a great choice for those not wanting a drastically lighter or darker color, yet it gives an edgy, unique look.

“I love the idea of using mushrooms to describe the tone of the hair color,” says Joel Warren, celebrity colorist and founder of the Salon Project. “They have so many different tones of beige and gray that are hard to describe. These tones evolved from the gray and silver trend to a slightly more natural look. The combinations with highlights and low lights gives a beautiful modern look.”

Typically, people want to choose a warmer shade for the summer, but that’s all the reason not to. What better way to stand out than to try something different from the regular? In addition, mushroom blonde is extremely low-maintenance according to Brown.

It’s a more grown-out look which needs a touch up only every three to six months or even up to a full year depending on your hair length. Another reason it’s a great choice for a fun, easy-going hair color this summer!

If you’re considering trying out mushroom blonde for yourself, Brown recommends that you ask your colorist for a subtle light brown or dark blonde ombre that has a variation of both light brown and dark blond pieces.

Be sure to mention the word ashy to keep it from going towards a more traditional blond look. It’s always helpful to bring some photos to give an idea of what exactly you’re going for and to help ensure the product is to your liking.

The trend of using food to describe our hair colors has grown. Not only do we have toasted coconut, peach cobbler, and cold brew, but the latest trend is having mushroom blond hair. According to Pinterest, this last shade is quickly overtaking the others with...

editorial

Inspiring: Woman Is Unrecognizable After Drastic Life Change

Since the age of five, Amber Rachdi had been no stranger to emotional issues and crippling anxiety.  By the age of twenty-four, things became so overwhelming for Amber that, at a time when most young adults were enjoying life, she found herself unemployed and forced to leave college.

Taking Action

During a routine doctor visit, Amber received frightening news.  She knew that she had to take action and turn her life around.

Amber Rachdi

By the time she was finished with her journey, Amber would be completely unrecognizable to friends, family, and everyone else who knew her.

You have to keep on reading, this story is more than just weight.

Since the age of five, Amber Rachdi had been no stranger to emotional issues and crippling anxiety.  By the age of twenty-four, things became so overwhelming for Amber that, at a time when most young adults were enjoying life, she found herself unemployed...

editorial

Real Life Relationships of Game of Thrones Stars

They might be big stars on screen, but you’d be surprised to find out that their love life is far from it. Let’s check out their off-screen partners!

Kit Harington and Rose Leslie

Of course, we must start with these two. It is all the more endearing since they started out as a couple on the show itself! We all remember the love-hate relationship between Jon Snow and the witty Ygritte. The couple’s chemistry on the show was so strong you could almost feel it through the screen! And indeed, it moved off-screen!

See which GoT stars found love beyond Westeros:

They might be big stars on screen, but you’d be surprised to find out that their love life is far from it. Let’s check out their off-screen partners!
Kit Harington and Rose Leslie

Of course, we must start with these two. It is all the more...

editorial

Instagram vs Reality: What These Celebs REALLY Look Like

Scrolling through Instagram, it’s easy to look longingly at the flawless celebs you follow and be filled with jealousy! But we are here to tell you that often it’s a result of filters, photoshop, and plenty of makeup. See for yourself!

Zendaya

Zendaya has quickly risen to be one of the It girls of Hollywood. At only 22 she has starred in some big box office hits like Spider-Man: Homecoming and The Greatest Showman.

She also happens to have one of the most flawless Instagram’s around.

See the true faces of your favorite celebs:

Scrolling through Instagram, it’s easy to look longingly at the flawless celebs you follow and be filled with jealousy! But we are here to tell you that often it’s a result of filters, photoshop, and plenty of makeup. See for...

City Life

Alibaba And Meituan Racing for The Food Delivery Service Industry

As of late, fast, affordable delivery of food has become a life-changing event for many working people in China, although there are plenty of others who prefer to prepare their own food.  Many people in the working class do not have time to pick up fresh ingredients from their local stores.

This has brought about many startup companies as well as larger companies trying to create home-cooked meals that are easy to prepare and very affordable for those with very busy lifestyles by sending fresh vegetables and meats directly to their doors.

Huge Market Growing

According to the fresh grocery sector in China, there was a total of 4.93 trillion yuan or $730 billion, total sales last year alone.  The growth has steadily grown from 3.37 trillion yuan in 2012 according to the data collected by Euromonitor and Hua Chuang Securities.

Most of these transactions are taking place inside the wet markets and supermarkets.  Online retail has only accounted for 3% of the total sales in 2016 and shows there is plenty of room for growth.

Alibaba and JD.com who are e-commerce leaders have already incorporated groceries to their online shopping malls, along with established markets that are focused on players like Tencent-backed MissFresh, which has raised $1.4 billion to date.

Adding to these numbers, the field has become even more crowded with the entrance of Meituan which is a Tencent-backed food delivery service and hotel booking mega giant that has raised $4.2 billion in the Hong Kong listing last year.

Meituan Maicai is a new app along with Meituan grocery shopping which are both separated from the company’s all-in-one app.  They entered Shanghai in January and then pushed their way into Beijing last week.  This move followed Maicai’s announcement back in mid-2028 to get a strong hold on the market of grocery delivery.

According to TechCrunch, Meituan has a plan for taking the grocery delivery market to a much higher level which is very much like the other players in this field.

Users can choose from 1,500 items in stock ranging from yogurt to pork loin. They can fill their in-app shopping carts and pay using their phones.  Then, the company will dispatch their delivery fleets to people’s doors within as little as 30 minutes.

Intricate Infrastructure

The fast delivery is possible using satellites of physical service stations stretching across neighborhoods that serve warehousing, packaging, and delivery purposes.  Placing offline hubs along with customers, allows data-driven internet firms to increase warehouse stocking, based on local user’s preferences.  In other words, those who are living in an upscale area probably eat and shop differently from those in other areas of the city.

Meituan’s incursion into the grocery shopping world has intensified its battle with Alibaba to have control over how people in China eat.  Alibaba’s Hema Supermarket has a similar setup that uses neighborhood stores as warehouses and fulfillment centers to be able to delivery within 30 minutes within a set radius.

For many years now, Meituan’s food delivery has been battling neck and neck with Ele.me which Alibaba purchased last year.  Both Alibaba and Meituan are now focusing on restaurants to get them to sign up for their proprietary software which could give owners more insight into diners and increase customer awareness.

Although Meituan wants to be the “everything” app, it has tried several new initiatives that will lead to public offerings but has been known to put them on hold in a short period of time.  This firm acquired the bike-sharing service Mobike last April but in under a year, they shut it down, due to costs.  They also placed a hold on their much-anticipated ride-hailing business.

Putting it in their word words, Meituarn’s eating business seems to be at the heart of this company.  It seems they are tapping their existing infrastructure by reaching their goals summoning its food delivery drivers to serve groceries during peak hours.  As of last year, the company noted their earnings and the grocery field could leverage its massive user base creating the largest intra-city on-demand delivery network.

As of late, fast, affordable delivery of food has become a life-changing event for many working people in China, although there are plenty of others who prefer to prepare their own food.  Many people in the working class do not have time to pick up fresh...

Lifestyle

Wrinkle Treatment at Home: 8 Natural Remedies

Many people simply choose Botox as the solution to aging skin, but there are remedies that are much cheaper and all-natural that you can do at home, and most of these treatments involve things you’d find around your house already. There are also common practices that should be avoided. Read on to learn these eight tips on having naturally, wrinkle-free skin.

Essential Oils

Essential oils heal your skin naturally and without irritation; they work best when they are diluted with argon, geranium, jojoba, lavender, pomegranate, rosemary, sandalwood, and clary sage. Applying essential oils to your face help significantly with lessening and protecting from wrinkles.

Be careful what essential oils you apply to your skin, however, as everyone’s genetic makeup is unique and responds differently. Health Line advises that you test some on your wrist, watching what it does over the following 24 hours before you begin applying it regularly to your face. If your wrist shows no sign of irritation, you’re good to go!

Avoid Soap

Companies are always attempting to sell us their latest soap formula, but what few people know is that manufactured soap is actually worsening your skin’s condition. Our skin’s natural barrier is composed of an acid mantle which has a normal pH level of seven.

According to Natural Living Ideas, the alkaline in manufactured soap increases the pH level as it’s regularly used, and the results are detrimental. It’s best if you avoid soap and stick to all-natural methods.

High-Quality Protein Diet

Your body requires protein to grow and maintain the skin’s natural glow and health. Amino acids like L-proline and L-lysine are responsible for the healthy structure of your skin tissues, so without it, your skin will inevitably grow dull, lifeless, and more wrinkled.

The denser your skin, the more strength it has to protect itself from wearing down, and keeping protein in your diet makes your skin thicker and stronger.

Banana Mask

This remedy is cheap and simple as bananas possess natural oils and vitamins that help your skin to hydrate itself. Mash up a banana, cover your face with the paste, and let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes before rinsing it off to lessen the appearance of wrinkles.

Massage

Stress is one of the largest causes of wrinkles, so if you are aware of when you are feeling stressed, simply massage your skin by pressing your fingers against the wrinkled area and moving them in gentle, circular motions.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera, like protein, is excellent for increasing collagen levels. Apply the gel from its leaves every day and you’ll see significant improvement on wrinkles in 90 days.

Vitamins and Minerals

Vitamin C has been proven to improve skin elasticity which prevents it from sagging. Tomatoes, bell peppers, broccoli, and oranges are some fruits and vegetables that are rich in vitamin C. The recommended daily dosage for men is 90 mg while women should take 75 mg. If you are a smoker, you would need to increase that by 35 mg a day.

Egg Whites

Finally, the thin membrane you find between an egg white and its shell is full of collagen, as well, and as we know already, collagens are excellent for the strength and durability of your skin, lessening the appearance of wrinkles.

Many people simply choose Botox as the solution to aging skin, but there are remedies that are much cheaper and all-natural that you can do at home, and most of these treatments involve things you’d find around your house already. There are also common...

TooCool

Bizarre Spinning Ice Disk In Middle Of City

Along the banks of Maine’s Presumpscot River, surprised spectators snapped pictures of a spinning circle of ice. The strange phenomenon is being called the Westbrook Ice Disk.

The spinning ice disk is estimated to measure just over 90 meters in diameter, and reminds the residents of Westbrook, Maine of a floating moon.  Estimated at just past 90 meters in diameter, officials aren’t entirely sure exactly when the disk formed, but based on reports from onlookers, it seems to have formed overnight or during the wee morning hours of Monday, January 14.

The disk has been compared to everything from the moon, on the city’s social media pages, to alien calling cards.  Doug Bertlesman explained to the Portland Press, “It kind of looks like a crop circle.  It’s pretty wild to look at.”

Slow Whirlpool

This isn’t the first spinning ice disk to be seen in Maine, and the phenomenon happens more frequently than you’d think.  It happens when a block of ice is swept along a flowing river, bashing up against the banks as it is swirled in the current.  This area of the Presumpscot River has a circular current, which results in a naturally forming whirlpool.

According to drone footage, the disk was spinning very slowly in a counter clockwise direction.  The Press Herald interviewed some of the onlookers.  Rob Mitchell, Westbrook resident, claims that several ducks had settled on the spinning disk, calling it a “big duck-go-round.”

As can be imagined, social media lit up with the phenomenon.  Comments have been humorous: “The aliens have stationed a large rotating disk of ice in the middle of the Presumpscot River in Westbrook, Maine.”

Another comment draws a startling conclusion: “Circles and ice? Do we really have to spell it out for you? Mother Nature is a hockey fan.”

The residents of Westbrook, Maine had good reason to predict the end of the world; the phenomenon came in the same week that the moon turned blood red in a “super blood wolf moon” alongside a lunar eclipse.

Along the banks of Maine’s Presumpscot River, surprised spectators snapped pictures of a spinning circle of ice. The strange phenomenon is being called the Westbrook Ice Disk.

The spinning ice disk is estimated to measure just over 90 meters in diameter...

Tech News

Could Two-Handed Robots Make Ecommerce Faster?

Ever since the rise of the internet as our main source of buying and selling, the speed in which we can get goods has been incredible. Every year, it feels simpler and faster to just do all of your shopping online, as it can often be delivered to you so fast and so easy. eCommerce, then, looks set to change the way in which we shop for at least a generation to come.

However, with the rise of machine learning and AI, we could be about to see another quantum leap: starting with ambidextrous robots (ambidextrous= using both hands equally well).

Massive warehouses are needed to help fulfill the incredible orders being taken online, which obviously means trying to get staff to help manage said orders. However, it looks like we’re moving towards trying to automate the whole experience instead, with the use of ambidextrous robots.

This became clear from a UC Berkeley paper which was produced in mid-January, in the Science Robots journal.

Engineers at UC Berkeley have been using decades of progress so far to come up with new algorithms that could help to compute robot pick points, allowing robots to work with a large variety of objects without having to undergo the training that they would need to normally.

The postdoctoral researcher on this project, Jeff Mahler, who is also the lead author, said: “Any single gripper cannot handle all objects,

“For example, a suction cup cannot create a seal on porous objects such as clothing, and parallel-jaw grippers may not be able to reach both sides of some tools and toys. ‘Ambidextrous’ robots offer greater diversity.”

How Might This Change eCommerce?

At the moment, the robots used in the majority of fulfillment centers will be using the standard suction cup session mentioned above. This can limit the range and style of objects that it could actually pick up and work with, which would drastically limit their usage in a warehouse environment.

With ambidextrous robots, though, this would not be quite the case. This would make them compatible with more than one gripper type, allowing for much easier for the robot to decide which gripper is most likely to succeed when picking up any given item.

This would help to ensure that, by using a reward function, ensuring that fulfillment could be much faster and far less rigid in what it can and cannot pick up.

The researchers managed to train functions for using a parallel-jaw gripper and then a suction cup gripper to a two-armed robot. The result was that it could take on 25 objects never seen before with around 300 picks in an hour, with around 95% reliability: that’s incredible.

While this might not be commonplace yet just in every warehouse, it’s definitely something that we can expect to arrive in the next few years – with massive, positive results for the already in-demand eCommerce industry.

Ever since the rise of the internet as our main source of buying and selling, the speed in which we can get goods has been incredible. Every year, it feels simpler and faster to just do all of your shopping online, as it can often be delivered to you so fast...

Galleries

Real Life Relationships of Game of Thrones Stars

They might be big stars on screen, but you’d be surprised to find out that their love life is far from it. Let’s check out their off-screen partners!

Kit Harington and Rose Leslie

Of course, we must start with these two. It is all the more endearing since they started out as a couple on the show itself! We all remember the love-hate relationship between Jon Snow and the witty Ygritte. The couple’s chemistry on the show was so strong you could almost feel it through the screen! And indeed, it moved off-screen!

They might be big stars on screen, but you’d be surprised to find out that their love life is far from it. Let’s check out their off-screen partners!
Kit Harington and Rose Leslie
Of course, we must start with these two. It is all the more...

Inspiring Stories

80-Year Old Orphan Finds Her 103-Year Old Mom

Eileen grew up in an orphanage, Kirwan House, in Dublin and had first started searching for her family when she was 19-years-of-age.  Last year, she was on the radio show Liveline with Joe Duffy to ask for help.

She told Duffy she was very sad that she had been on this planet for so long and still did not have so much as one relative.

She was approached by a genealogist to try and help her find her relatives.  Eileen eventually tracked down her family!  She, once again, contacted the show to let Duffy and his listening audience hear about her incredible journey.

Eileen said that she believes she is the oldest orphan in Ireland.  She was born in the Bethany Home and moved to Kirwan House when she was 2-years old.

She was given someone else’s birth certificate when she turned 16 and kept that identity for 60 years.  She didn’t know that her certificate and the family was not hers until she had a DNA run.

The Pain Of Not Knowing

When talking about her mum, she was shocked to discover that she was alive and all she wanted to do was meet her.  She knew absolutely nothing about her background or had absolutely no medical history.

She couldn’t believe that doctors were constantly asking her question after question why she didn’t know this or that?  She was very upset and at one point just said “Because I’m an orphan.  I know nothing, absolutely nothing”.

The 81-year-old woman is married to her husband Ronald and has 3 children but she always wanted to find her birth family.

She could not fully understand being so alone.  Many people would ask her why she would bother with this search.  She would simply respond that she didn’t know what they meant. She said if you put yourself in my shoes and know you are on your own.

The worst thing about being alone, many different things would set her off.  She’d think if she only had a brother or a sister and then realize that it’s something inside herself because she had no blood relatives.  Well, now she does!

She has finally spoken to her birth mother over the phone and is planning to meet her very soon.  She will have to wait a bit because she cannot fly over water until after her operation.

Her mother is now 103-years-old and will turn 104 shortly. It was difficult talking to her over the phone because she could not hear Eileen.

She is across the water from her mum but she has 2 cousins who have come to help her out since they found out that she found out who her natural mother is and where she lives.

She told everyone, she wanted to go to the highest mountain and scream at the top of her lungs “I am not an orphan anymore!

We all wish her the greatest success when she can finally meet up with her mum after all these many, many years.  May she find closure knowing she is no longer an orphan but like others, she has a family.

We hope they will both find great joy and realize they now have their own small family.  Hopefully, she will keep everyone posted on her incredible journey and share her joy!  Good Luck, Eileen!

Eileen grew up in an orphanage, Kirwan House, in Dublin and had first started searching for her family when she was 19-years-of-age.  Last year, she was on the radio show Liveline with Joe Duffy to ask for help.
She told Duffy she was very sad that she had...