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.

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9 of the World’s Oldest Buildings

Old buildings are a fascinating way to look back at the development of human civilization and appreciate just how far architecture has come since man’s earliest attempts to build in stone and wood.  Some of the oldest buildings are now ruins, while others have stood the test of time, here are 9 of the oldest still in existence today:

Knap of Howar, Scotland

Dating back to around 3700-3500 BCE the Knap of Howar is one of the oldest stone houses in the world.  Not only that, but it also has a hidden passage and joint walls that link two stone houses together.

Monks would likely have been the first residents here and they probably built the houses.  There are 50 other abandoned homes nearby and while these would probably make better candidates for renovation, the fact that these ancient homes are still standing is impressive, to say the least.

Ġgantija Temples, Malta

The Ġgantija Temples are also known as the Megalithic Temples and have been named a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Dating back to 3200 BCE and 3600 BCE respectively, these two temples represent some of the oldest free-standing temples in the world.  They were possibly used for the ritual sacrifice of animals according to the archaeological evidence found at the site.

Tarxien Temples, Malta

These temples are slightly younger than the Ġgantija Temples.  The oldest of the temples were constructed in 3600 BCE – 2500 BCE and has almost disappeared,  but the other three have been lovingly reconstructed.   In 2012 the local people constructed a walkway to allow visitors to appreciate the beautiful blocks, screens, and altars that remain in place there.

Shunet el-Zebib, Abydos, Egypt

Shunet el-Zebib is one of the oldest buildings in existence with much of it in ruins but parts of it do still stand which is impressive for a mud and brick building that was constructed back in 2750 BCE.  Alongside the above-ground structures, there is also an underground tomb here and it is said that this is a precursor to the pyramids.

Cairn de Barnenez,  Brittany

The Cairn de Barnenez is a megalithic structure located in Brittany, France, and overlooks the English Channel. The monument was built around 4850 BCE and is sometimes known as the “Prehistoric Parthenon”.

It is not what you could call a building but as a structure, it is one of the oldest still intact and contains 2 burial chambers and 11 passage tombs.  It remains a fascinating place for anyone interested in architecture or archaeology to visit.

West Kennet Long Barrow, Wiltshire, England

The West Kennet Long Barrow is an old tomb that forms part of the Avebury Neolithic complex.  It is believed that people built these barrows in 3600 BCE and when archaeologists excavated the site they found many artifacts like pottery, tools, and jewelry alongside the remains of around 46 people.

The site is one of the largest burial sites in Britain and has many visitors from all around the world.

Newgrange Neolithic Historical Site, Ireland

Newgrange is located in the Boyne Valley, Ireland.  Constructed around 2300 BCE this passage tomb has a chamber with 3 alcoves. The entire structure is circular and spreads across an acre of land.  It is a popular location with visitors especially during the winter solstice when they come to see the illuminated passageway.

Tomb of Cyrus, Iran

This is one of Iran’s major UNESCO World Heritage sites and is said to be one of the first structures that was protected against earthquakes. The base is constructed in such a way that the main structure cannot move away from the foundation which is even more impressive when you consider that it was built in 530 BCE.

Old buildings are a fascinating way to look back at the development of human civilization and appreciate just how far architecture has come since man’s earliest attempts to build in stone and wood.  Some of the oldest buildings are now ruins, while others...

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The Powerful Women Of Hollywood

When it comes to women in Hollywood, we have made leaps and bounds. From a time where actresses were viewed solely as love interests, singers were marketed solely as sex-symbols and woman filmmakers were practically non-existent, we have entered into a new wave for the badass woman in the industry.

Here we chart some of the women who have played their role in changing the game for women in Hollywood.

Charlize Theron

This Oscar winner is a strong voice for females in the industry with her powerful presence in Hollywood. Theron made her voice known when she negotiated a higher salary for her role in 2016 film ‘Snow White and the Huntsman”, ensuring she matched her co-star Chris Hemsworth.

See who else makes the list:

When it comes to women in Hollywood, we have made leaps and bounds. From a time where actresses were viewed solely as love interests, singers were marketed solely as sex-symbols and woman filmmakers were practically non-existent, we have entered into a new...

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Rare Celebrity Childhood Photos

Here’s a look at celebrities and cultural icons before they were famous. Your job is to try and recognize them. Do you think you can?

Who’s the twerking kid?

Miley Cyrus

Before she became a wrecking ball with short hair and the strength to take on all the conservatives in the world, Miley Cyrus was sweet educating Hanna Montana.

This picture is a little bit before she made her TV debut and became Miley Cyrus. One thing is certain – she isn’t going anywhere, and that’s a good thing.

See more rare photos of your favorite stars:

Here’s a look at celebrities and cultural icons before they were famous. Your job is to try and recognize them. Do you think you can?
Who’s the twerking kid?

Miley Cyrus
Before she became a wrecking ball with short hair and the strength to take on...

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Celebs’ Kids On Prom Night!

When it comes to celebs, they always make sure their children have everything they need to have the kind of prom night they will never forget. See our favorite star’s kids on their prom night!

Paris Jackson

She is the trendy daughter of the late pop legend Michael Jackson and nurse Debbie Rowe and she is all grown up! She headed to prom complete with dyed hair that matched her prom’s dress.

The actress posted the above picture before leaving for prom night on her Instagram account with the caption, “Only true friends dye their hair to match their gal’s prom gown.”

Hold your corsage and click next. There’s more…

When it comes to celebs, they always make sure their children have everything they need to have the kind of prom night they will never forget. See our favorite star’s kids on their prom night!
Paris Jackson

She is the trendy daughter of the late pop...

Fashion

Amazon Shoppers Flock to Buy Comfy Pull-on Jeans

Most of us take a lot of time and trouble over finding that amazing pair of jeans that look good and fit perfectly. But now Amazon shoppers are moving away from denim and are looking at the stretchy jeans that are both super-comfy and flattering.

The stretchy jeans are becoming more and more popular on Amazon due to their low price, which does not seem to be reflected in the quality of the denim. Made by a sub-brand of Levi’s these comfy alternatives are now the number one bestseller in Amazon’s women’s jeans and has over 1600 5-star reviews.

The jeans have a pull-on waistband with a built-in panel that trims your tummy and sizes range from 2 to 20. Color choice is good too with the jeans coming in black, blue and pale blue.

I Want!

Shoppers are really falling in love with these jeans; many say they are the best jeans they have ever worn. In the many reviews, there are details of the shopper’s personal dimensions so you can easily find out what size you need.

Many happy customers have praised the jeans’ ability to smooth out lumps and enhance their natural curves. The waistband makes sure nothing bulges so no more unsightly ‘muffin tops’. For those of us who tend towards being a little bigger in the rear, the jeans work well to make sure your butt is pert rather than squashed flat.

To top it all these jeans come in at under $30 which is a rare find indeed! At that price, it is worth buying a few pairs so you can always find a pair of comfy jeans in your closet.

Most of us take a lot of time and trouble over finding that amazing pair of jeans that look good and fit perfectly. But now Amazon shoppers are moving away from denim and are looking at the stretchy jeans that are both super-comfy and flattering.

The...

Celebs Fashion Inspiring Stories

Once Again Meghan Markle Speaks Up For Ethical, Sustainable Fashion

Meghan Markle has hit the news again championing her fashion choice with the STAUD sustainable fashion during her African tour. The royal family has always been in the limelight so she has stepped up with her choice in clothing that’s dear to her heart.  Sarah Staudinger, the co-founder of STAUD, was so honored that Meghan chose to wear one of her designs, a recycled nylon dress.

During her visit to the Auwal Mosque with Prince Harry, she wore an olive green shirt dress with a cream-coloured headscarf and flats.  Not only was the look very chic but was made entirely from recycled nylon, showing her need to speak up for an eco-friendly lifestyle.

The designer told the press that the response to Meghan’s choice in clothing has been incredible and has given her great exposure to a much larger audience.  This dress can be pre-ordered for $325.

Zero-Waste Fashion

From the beginning of the tour, her sustainable theme in clothing was apparent with her black and white print dress from Mayamiko.  Mayamiko is an ethical, zero-waste fashion line that uses reclaimed, re-cycled materials along with locally sourced fabrics from Malawi.

Mayamiko has stepped up and trained disadvantaged women in their workshop and many of these women suffer from the HIV pandemic.  Their line of clothing is produced in limited supplies and therefore Meghan’s Dalitso Dress was sold out almost immediately.

Meghan has also worn outfits she has re-cycled from her own closet, such as her blue Veronica Beard shirt dress and her striped Martin Grant maxi dress which she wore on her last tour.

This is not the first time the Duchess has chosen clothes from her closet, she also revamped a black jumpsuit from her Everlane collection which she wore in a video for British Vogue last September. This video was called Forces For Change which she played a large role in editing.

She has become a positive role model for women everywhere with her views about eco-friendly fashion.  Zofia Day, Los Angeles-based and founder of Lisette Polyn Jewelry, said Meghan chose her pave diamond and gold bracelet to accessorize her Everlane jumpsuit.

She went on to say that Meghan is showing women that it’s beautiful to be conscious of our environment and you can make choices that make a difference.

This project has been a passion of Meghan’s since she and Harry announced their engagement.  As a matter of fact, during one of her first royal walking tours, she wore a sustainable Welsh denim brand from Hiut Denim Co which creates organic sustainable jeans and employs from their own community.

The Duchess also dons ethical and socially conscious lines like Gabriela Hirst, Maggie Marilyn, Reformation, and Outland Denim. She chose Stella McCartney to design her evening wedding reception dress.  Stella is considered an early pioneer of ethical fashion.

Many women have watched Meghan emerge as someone passionate about our environment and feel a need to make a strong statement to other women that it is chic and fashionable to wear clothes from recycled materials.  Not only does she always look amazing, but she will not be a hypocrite when it comes to how she addresses concerns for our planet.

Each one of us should take a little time and go through our closets and see what we can bring back into the light of day.  How many of us have clothes we have worn once and then just locked up in our closets never to be worn again?  Maybe it’s time to reconsider!

Meghan Markle has hit the news again championing her fashion choice with the STAUD sustainable fashion during her African tour. The royal family has always been in the limelight so she has stepped up with her choice in clothing that’s dear to her...

Celebs Fashion

Ivanka Trump Rocks Mom’s Cocktail Dress

Ivanka Trump seems to have reached into her Mom’s closet for a recent wedding weekend in Rome. Ivanka wore a glam Bob Mackie cocktail dress her mother donned 28 years ago.

For her visit to the Italian Capital for the wedding ceremony of fashion designer Misha Nonoo and oil heir Michael Hess, Ivanka wore a shiny white, gold and black cocktail dress on the second night of the lavish affair.

The 37-year-old first daughter and White House Adviser sported a swept-back updo, red lipstick and gold strappy heels as accessories in a photo shared to her Instagram story.

The Bob Mackie dress was first worn by Ivana Trump in 1991. Since then, her daughter has borrowed the fringed outfit twice. The first time being a fashion designer Joseph Altuzarra’s wedding in 2014.

Glamourous Affair

The White House first daughter and husband, Jared Kushner, in-laws Karlie Kloss and Joshua Kushner, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Princess Eugenie, Princess Beatrice, Orlando Bloom, and Katy Perry were some of the 300 guests present at the Nonoo and Hess’ multi-day wedding celebration, held at the classy Villa Aurelia.

The Villa is said to be one of the most exclusive and wanted wedding venues in Rome.

Ivanka Trump seems to have reached into her Mom’s closet for a recent wedding weekend in Rome. Ivanka wore a glam Bob Mackie cocktail dress her mother donned 28 years ago.

For her visit to the Italian Capital for the wedding ceremony of fashion...

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Lady Sees Man In Tears Throw Package – What She Learns Is Heartbreaking

We all know that annoying process that comes before we board our flights. the endless security and incredibly prohibitive rules regarding what we are or aren’t allowed to take with us on a flight. This is the story of how sometimes the best things come in small packages.

A Priceless Item?

When a couple saw a man devastated after he was forced to throw out a problematic parcel in the trash, they couldn’t help but wonder what struck such a chord with the man. When they later found out what it was, they realized they had stumbled upon something incredible.

The ending will leave you in tears:

We all know that annoying process that comes before we board our flights. the endless security and incredibly prohibitive rules regarding what we are or aren’t allowed to take with us on a flight. This is the story of how sometimes the best things come in...

Vacation

The Top 10 Places You Should Visit This Fall

Many experts in the travel industry believe the following 10 places will be the most popular vacation spots over the fall season.

With fall right around the corner, temperatures are starting to fall and leaves are turning spectacular shades of orange, red, and yellow.  This is also the time of year when many start planning their autumn getaways.

Its time to make your plans for a weekend getaway, pack your bags, and make your airline and hotel reservations. If you want an absolutely spectacular, unforgettable vacation, we are here to help you plan for a special trip.

We have chosen the 10 hot spots that have shown a lot of activity in searches and showing a climb in tourism that is expected to last until the winter months set in.  Reports from several travel agencies have shown that Germany to Japan will offer enough excitement to entice everyone from around the world.

From frequent travelers to couch potatoes, no one can turn down these tempting destinations!

Where’s That?

Reports have revealed a rise in lesser-known locations to famous annual events such as Oktoberfest.  Travelers, in the drones, are racing to glorious places like Austria and Switzerland.  As summer travelers are slowing down, the autumn crowd is picking up.

The U.S To Mexico To Canada:

There are a lot of U.S travelers that would prefer to travel a little closer to home, not needing to deal with their passports.  The Carolinas have always been a top choice in the United States due to the breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains.

Along for the ride are 2 cities in Mexico; Miguel Hidalgo and Tepoztlán. Another fabulous destination is Regina which is the capital of the Canadian province Saskatchewan.  It’s the second-largest city in the province and is known for its cultural and commercial centers.

Ready To Travel? In Order, Here Are The Top Ten Locations For This Year:

  • Regina, Canada (at 328%)
  • Beatenberg, Switzerland (at 312%)
  • Beppu, Japan (at 288%)
  • Miguel Hidalgo, Mexico (at 279%)
  • Culebra, Puerto Rico (at 250%)
  • Tepoztlán, Mexico (at 250%)
  • Halle, Germany (at 248%)
  • Anderson, South Carolina (at 247%)
  • Pinehurst, North Carolina (at 243%)
  • Obertraun, Austria (at 232%)

If you do not have any vacation time left, check out your own local areas for autumn events.  If you are lucky enough to live in a place that screams gorgeous foliage, go for a day-long hike or maybe travel on horseback!  Join in on the fun at delicious foodfests or festivals that are popping up everywhere with fun activities for your kids or to bring out the kid in you!

Many experts in the travel industry believe the following 10 places will be the most popular vacation spots over the fall season.

With fall right around the corner, temperatures are starting to fall and leaves are turning spectacular shades of orange, red...

editorial

Guess the Celebrity By Their Yearbook Photo

Puberty is a time of life that most of us would rather forget.  It’s a painful time of awkwardness, and yearbook pictures capture this in perfect, embarrassing perfection.  Adulthood gives us the ability to look back at those pictures and laugh, but it wasn’t funny after those cameras captured your gawkiness for all to see in the yearbooks.

It’s hard to believe that some of our favorite celebrities of all time were also once awkward kids with embarrassing yearbook photos.  Do you think you can guess who these people are from their school pictures?

Who is she?

It’s hard to believe that this shy little girl with her self-conscious smile and braids would one day become a style icon with millions of fans across the globe.

See if you can guess the others?

Puberty is a time of life that most of us would rather forget.  It’s a painful time of awkwardness, and yearbook pictures capture this in perfect, embarrassing perfection.  Adulthood gives us the ability to look back at those pictures and laugh, but it...

editorial

Ready? Burning Man’s Best Moments

A city in the desert. A culture of possibility. A network of dreamers and doers.’ Is the tagline for the Burning Man festival, and it lives up. Once a year people of all races, ages, and stages join together at Black Rock City to experience art and community in the most radical way possible. Less words – More pictures.

Flower Girl

Another vision of beauty, with flowers in her hair and a smile on her face, this woman poses in front of Burning Man art looking at one in her environment.

Don’t close your eyes yet, there’s more…

A city in the desert. A culture of possibility. A network of dreamers and doers.’ Is the tagline for the Burning Man festival, and it lives up. Once a year people of all races, ages, and stages join together at Black Rock City to experience art and...

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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...