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DeMar DeRozan is making the Raptors divorce even uglier Raptors president Masai Ujiri apologized Friday for a “miscommunication” with four-time All- Star and franchise icon DeMar DeRozan, but Toronto’s traded All-Star guard didn’t seem quite ready to make amends.

Raptors start their desperate pitch to Kawhi Leonard The dust has settled on the Raptors’ blockbuster trade for unsettled star Kawhi Leonard, but now they need to sell the former Spur on the franchise.

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Candice Swanepoel Spreads Her Legs Wide There is not much to say other than Candice Swanepoel is f%cking amazing!

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2018 Dodge Challenger GT AWD : Review In our minds, the Dodge Challenger GT is the ultimate homage to Bo and Luke Duke and is the car that the Hazzard boys really wished they could have had.

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2019 Lexus ES 350 F Sport : Review The long-awaited seventh generation of the top-selling sedan in the Lexus lineup is finally here, and the new 2019 Lexus ES will hit dealerships around the same time the kids head back to school. Three Fun Point and Shoot Cameras Are you looking for a great digital camera to use on a trip or as a gift, but don’t want to get involved with DSLR prices?

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Three Top Rated DSLR Cameras Whether you are looking for a professional-grade camera for some serious shoots or a more casual option that still gives you plenty of lens choices, there’s a DSLR out there with your name on it.

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Artist Profile: Selena Gomez Actress and pop singer who began her career as part of the boundless world of Disney film and television.

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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR Candice Swanepoel Spreads Her Legs Wide There is not much to say other than Candice Swanepoel is f%cking amazing! And there is nothing classier than her posing with her legs spread wide open as if she was open for business. Whatever she is selling, I’m buying and I’d be willing to trade my whole baseball card collection to own it.


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Maryna Linchuk’s Lingerie Pictures Are To Die For Here’s Victoria’s Secret model Maryna Lin chuk doing what she was seemingly born to do: give me a serious pants fire with her latest lingerie photoshoot.

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Dive In Feet First: The 5 Best Shoes to Go Swimming In An affordable alternative to walking barefoot into the water, the JIASUQI Water Shoes are suitable for both men and women.

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How to Make the Perfect Mint Julep The 142nd Kentucky Derby will be run on Saturday, so it’s time to put down that Cinco de Mayo Margarita and start drinking Mint Juleps.

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Danielle Dwyer Is Back In A Swimsuit! I believe Danielle Dwyer and her hotness is here to stay. I’m so proud of her for taking my notes and running with it. Now all we have to work on is some booty and money shot poses and she’ll easily be a worldwide favorite.

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Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez may have started her career as an actress starring in a Disney Channel series at the age of 15, but she soon showed that her musical talents were perhaps even stronger as she piled up hit singles and chart-topping albums. Born in 1992, she grew up in Texas and got her first break as a cast member on the kids’ TV show Barney and Friends. Gomez landed minor roles in several other TV programs, but it was her affiliation with the Disney Channel -- who discovered her during a nationwide talent search in 2004 -- that officially jump-started her acting career. Guest appearances on The Suite Life of Zach and Cody and Hannah Montana paved the way for Gomez’s own show, The Wizards of Waverly Place, which premiered in October 2007 and quickly became one of the network’s most popular programs. Gomez began juggling her commitment to The Wizards of Waverly Place with additional projects, including movie roles and a burgeoning singing career. 20

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Gomez began branching out into pop music by recording songs for her own Disney projects. She sang the theme song for The Wizards of Waverly Place, recorded several other tunes for the the show’s soundtrack, and performed on the soundtrack of the family film Another Cinderella Story. By 2009, she’d also assembled her own teen pop band, Selena Gomez & the Scene, and signed a contract with Hollywood Records. The band’s full-length debut, Kiss & Tell, was released that year and went gold, as did its 2010 follow-up, A Year Without Rain. Gomez continued filming The Wizards of Waverly Place and made her theatrical debut in the 2010 film adaptation of Ramona and Beezus, but her music garnered just as much attention. When The Wizards of Waverly Place started airing its final season in November 2010, Gomez shifted her attention back to her band, whose third album, When the Sun Goes Down, was recorded in early 2011 and released later that year. She then took a break from music to focus more on acting, with her first role in a decidedly adult movie in 2013’s Spring Breakers showing she could stretch beyond teen stardom. Her return to music in 2013 with her fourth album -- but the first credited to her as a solo artist -- also showed some stretching as she added dubstep, R&B, and EDM to her sound. Stars Dance was released in July of 2013 and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. The rest of that year was a bit challenging for her, as she fired her management team and parted ways with Hollywood Records. She soon bounced back, though, and scored a deal with Interscope. One last Hollywood album, a contract-fulfilling hits collection titled For You, was released in late 2014 and featured the self-penned platinum single “The Heart Wants What It Wants.” In early 2015, Gomez guested on Zedd’s hit EDM single “I Want You to Know.” On the heels of that success, she released her own single, the Sir Nolanand Nick Monson-produced “Good for You,” which featured a guest appearance by the song’s co-writer, rapper A$AP Rocky. The song featured on the 2015 album Revival, her first for Interscope. With production by Mattman & Robin, Hit-Boy, and Benny Blanco, among others, and songwriting credits for Charli XCX, Julia Michaels, and Chloe Angelides, the album had many collaborators. Gomez executive produced, though, and shared writing credits on six songs, making it her most personal effort to date. It entered the Billboard 200 at the top and spawned three number one singles on the Top 40 chart, making Gomez the sixth female artist to have at least three songs from the same album top the chart since 1992. While touring in support of Revival, Gomez cut the trek short to address personal health problems stemming from her lupus, later revealing that during her time away from the spotlight she underwent a kidney transplant. SELFIEMAGAZINE.NET

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Latin Jazz

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New York Salsa Latin Jazz Afro-Cuban Jazz

Like pianist Thelonious Monk, his primary jazz influence, Eddie Palmieri has been playing jazz since the 1960s, and has revisited his favorite compositions numerous times. Age 81 in 2018, Palmieri delivers a companion to 2017’s brilliant Sabiduría, a set that provided an evolutionary overview of some of his best Afro Caribbean jazz tunes. It was deservedly acclaimed as one of the finest records in his career. Full Circle offers eight of Palmieri’s salsa compositions as the jump-off point of exploration. Cut in three days, Palmieri brought his all-star tentet (that includes bassist Luques Curtis, trombonist Conrad Herwig, and lead vocalist Hermán Olivera) to anchor all the cuts, and added an expanded cast on an extended big-band version of “Vamonos Pa’l Monte,” whose two versions bookend the set. Palmieri kept basic harmonies and rhythmic architectures, but expanded musical boundaries with extended solos and group interplay. El Maestro is a generous bandleader. Palmieri’s trademark restlessness doesn’t explore for its own sake, but rather to imbue these compositions with deeper meanings and resonant timbres and textures. “Muneca” first appeared on 1962’s La Perfecta. This version is utterly transformed into a hot salsa jam (from charanga) with solos from everyone. Palmieri’s blazing solo bursts with dissonant, dark chords, accompanied by fiery montunos and sharply inserted left-hand rhythmic variations. They underscore the congas and timbales as the horns punctuate and dance around them. This version of “Azúcar” is the fifth since its debut appearance on 1965’s Azucar Pa’Ti -- in an even longer take than the eight-minute one here. Palmieri’s solo builds laterally along several lines at once, first on the chord vamp, then on the bassline, then in fiery interaction with Nelson Gonzalez’s tres. The aforementioned big-band version of “Vámonos Pa’l Monte,” which first appeared on an album of the same name in 1971, was arranged by Ray Santos. Its roots are in burning ‘70s-styled Nuyorican hard salsa but it’s augmented here by five trombones, five saxophones, and three trumpets (including Brian Lynch’s). Over seven minutes, its furious pace is driven by Curtis’ rumbling bassline. In the middle section, Palmieri wanders off into modern jazz improvisation, using minor-chord voicings from the lower-middle register atop the frenetic percussion section. “Pa’La Ocha Tambó” adds guest horn players (most notably baritone saxist Ronnie Cuber). But here, the rhythms and call-and-response vocal style are upfront, with Palmieri’s piano pushing them on in a mean post-bop groove juxtaposed with vintage Cuban son. The recording’s release coincides with the appearance of the interactive Palmieri Salsa Jams App, the world’s first interactive salsa music app. It gives musicians the ability to completely control their listening, practicing, and learning experience by being able to customize the player -- it can mute, solo, pan, and fade and loop any instrument with tempo control. It also provides detailed sheet music. Full Circle stands alongside Sabiduría. Palmieri’s salsa aesthetic is brilliantly presented by his hyper-modern reinventions on classic themes. El Maestro’s late career surge is nothing less than awe-inspiring. 22

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Ego Death raised the Internet’s standing outside and inside the music industry. It hit the Top Ten of the R&B/hip-hop chart and was nominated for a Grammy in the category of Best Urban Contemporary Album. Amid a slew of solo projects varying in size and scope, keyboardist Jameel Bruner left the band, but the five remaining members eventually reunified, as was the plan, to make the fourth Internet album on the east and west coasts and in England and Australia. Evidently remaining under no pressure to assimilate with commercial R&B or even commit to traditional song structures, the musicians whip up another mixture of loose dance grooves and languid ballads. The effect is only a shade less stimulating than that of their previous LP. With all five members factoring into the creation and production of the material, the band could refine these familiar modes several times over without repeating themselves. They not only leave space for one another’s ideas and playing, but also involve collaborators -- Nick Green again on some co-writing, Moonchild on serene horns -- without overstuffing the songs, operating as one organism. Explicit and subtle themes of shelter, comfort, and shrugging off the weight of the world are threaded throughout. All three are hinted in the opener with “What we gon’ do?” and “They gon’ get us to come together,” with the second line repeated, gradually intensifying in force and volume to the point where it becomes a statement of resistance. Foremost is a carefree roller-skating jam named “Roll (Burbank Funk),” where Patrick Paige wraps a vigorous funk bassline around the oft-sampled break from Gaz’s Salsoul nugget “Sing Sing.” Syd Bennett remains the prevailing voice, whispery and easy on the ear yet always heartfelt and often seductive. She continues to grow as a vocalist, sounding sweeter -- more Janet-like than ever -- on the quietly moving “It Gets Better (With Time),” while in the background of “Look What U Started” evoking the lower-end vocal of Brandy’s “Baby.” Hooks are not as common, sometimes concealed, rewarding listeners who don’t mind delayed gratification. Just as “Mood” starts to wear out its welcome with common ingredients -- an off-the-cuff rhythm tied into a knot, plus bristly spaced-out guitar from Steve Lacy -- Bennett casually pulls out one of her most persuasive hooks like it’s nothing.

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The unbridled rock & roll force that is Ty Segall met up for the first time with the warbly psychedelic wanderings of White Fence on 2012’s Hair, a fine distillation of the pair’s strengths. Segall and White Fence’s Tim Presley forged a sound that reined in Segall’s sometimes excessive energy and gave life to White Fence’s often precious music box renderings of ‘60s excess. Since they made that record, Segall has gone on to expand his sound into something almost arena-friendly, while Presley has gotten weirder and more unpredictable with his solo work and other projects including DRiNKS with Cate Le Bon. The duo’s reteaming on 2018’s Joy tilts the scale toward weirdness with many songs that are odd snippets of sound, lots of Presley’s obtuse guitar lines and lyrics that sound like they were left out in the sun a little too long. For the most part, the record works like a charm, with the sometimes gleeful, sometime ominous White Fence psychedelic strangeness adding creepy tendrils that capture Segall’s frenetic energy and drag the songs into unexpected places. The gothic vocal harmonies of “Body Behavior,” the squiggly guitar solos on the very John Entwistle-sounding “Good Boy,” the looping drums that buoy “A Nod” are little bits of left-field arrangement tricks show how well their styles can mesh. There are also times when Segall’s innate swagger gives the songs an extra boost, like on the insistent rocker “Do Your Hair” or the sly folk-rock tune “My Friend” that ends the album on a high note. So far, so good, but alongside the songs that work like a well-baked cake, there are others where they seem to be sacrificing quality for weirdness, and that’s when the album flags a little. The overly quirky noise interludes are an energy suck and a couple songs don’t go anywhere, like the draggy, over-cooked “She Is Gold” where they indulge their most meandering tendencies, or the off-putting “Tommy’s Place,” which comes off like it was deep fried in whimsy. These less interesting, less well-formed moments leave the listener wondering if the album really needed to be 15 songs long. A few judicious cuts here and there and it would have been a very strong extended play instead of an uneven album that doesn’t quite reach the level the duo attained on Hair. It’s still worth checking out for fans of either artist, though, especially if their eccentric natures are the main attraction.

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One of his greatest strengths is his ability to convey so much potential or unstated emotion that’s not in the script. For example, in 2014’s “The Equalizer,” there is a sense of true rage and violence seeping through his every pore no matter how humbly he speaks or how small his movements, which adds to the character’s sense of danger. Unfortunately, while Washington is undoubtedly talented and shines even in bad movies, his abilities are unable to elevate the intensely mediocre “The Equalizer 2.” Though it boasts some cool action scenes and a strong central performance, the movie is weighed down by a muddled script and bland storytelling efforts. After the events of the first film, former secret agent Robert McCall (Washington) splits his time between a quiet life as a Lyft driver and vigilante missions to dole out justice. He now lives in a different part of Boston, complete with new neighbors like Miles (Ashton Sanders), a young man with dreams of being an artist but who is constantly tempted to join the thug life. McCall’s world is upended, however, when his friend and former handler, Susan (Melissa Leo), is murdered while investigating an assassination of an asset in Belgium. McCall teams up with his former brother-in-arms, Dave (Pedro Pascal), to solve the murder and possibly uncover a conspiracy.

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Casting for movies is a special art that greatly impacts the stories being told. Matching up a part with an actor, or even writing a part with a specific actor in mind, can yield tremendous results that breathes new life and possibilities into a film. Denzel Washington is arguably the greatest actor of his generation. The choices that he makes in his performances greatly heighten and deepen any movie, granting the film more emotional power while simultaneously adding layers of nuance.

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Like Charles Bronson in the later “Death Wish” movies and Liam Neeson in the “Taken” series, there are many instances of older men brought back into the world of violence they thought they had abandoned who then dispatch wave after wave of (much younger) opponents. The first “Equalizer” movie, also written by Richard Wenk and directed by Antoine Fuqua, had some compelling character moments and set pieces packaged within the well-traveled subgenre of “old guy action,” but it was largely buoyed by Washington’s intense portrayal of McCall. Though this second outing once again tries to skate by on its star’s charisma and talent, it ultimately feels too messy and formulaic to be more than a diversion. Washington delivers another great performance as the titular character, giving off waves of sadness and rage barely contained in his soft-spoken frame. His reactions belie depths of pain and years of training that are far beyond the scale of the script. Sanders also shines as Miles, the wayward youth that McCall takes under his wing; the two have a good chemistry, and Sanders has an earned sense of truth in his performance that makes it work within the headier confines of the action script. The sequel actually improves in the action department as well. It’s much better shot this time around, with fewer moving cameras and unnecessary cutting, and it does a good job of showing the somewhat realistic outcome of these acts of violence. Unfortunately, everything else about “The Equalizer 2” is pedestrian at best, with a sort of shrug towards its quality. The script is incredibly formulaic, with action beats and story twists that are telegraphed loudly in advance, while the dialogue is too on-the-nose and lacks any sort of engaging nuance or charm. For example, three different characters in the span of about 20 minutes talk to McCall about how forgetting a dead loved one is like them “dying a second time.” It’s a very lazy way to communicate themes, and in better hands, it could have added real depth to the story. Fuqua’s direction isn’t very inspired. Washington is simply allowed to do his thing, while the other actors play their stock characters without any hint of shades or unique qualities. He injects Dutch angles and random stylized shots into otherwise trite sequences in an attempt to spice them up, but there’s no connection between the visual and the narrative, so it lands awkwardly without any real impact. Additionally, there are a ton of dropped elements – including a subplot involving a local street gang and the visual flourish of McCall assessing each situation in his eyes – that end up handicapping the movie and not engaging the audience at all. “The Equalizer 2” has some fun moments when Washington is on screen handing out beatdowns and quips, but it’s the kind of movie better enjoyed on cable on a Sunday afternoon than in the theater. The plot is obvious and crudely constructed, and there is no earned depth to the film, despite its attempts at insisting otherwise. Washington is such a great actor that he can fool viewers into thinking what they’re watching is elevated and entertaining fare, but there are limits to his talents, and unfortunately, no amount of acting ability can obfuscate the very apparent flaws of this movie.

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Will Sawyer (Johnson) is a former FBI agent who, after a botched raid resulted in the loss of his leg, decides to start a family and embark on his own private security consulting company. Will, his wife Sarah (Neve Campbell) and their two children are in Hong Kong where he’s working on inspecting and approving the security measurements of the newest and largest skyscraper in the world, the Pearl. The brainchild of Zhao Long Ji (Chin Han), the Pearl is a giant structure that towers over the city filled with shops, a park, apartments and a few other features. As Will is finishing his inspection, the building comes under siege by a team of criminals who seek to retrieve something from Zhao. Unfortunately, Sarah and the kids are still inside the building, and it’s up to Will to somehow get in to the giant structure and save the day.

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“High concept” is a term that is thrown around a lot when it comes to movies, usually as a way of describing the plot. The simplest definition is an idea that is easy to communicate to audiences. So to sell people on a movie like 1989’s “Leviathan,” it becomes, “‘Alien’ but underwater.” People take basic concepts or stories that are popular and make small tweaks to sell it to audiences everywhere. “Skyscraper,” written and directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber, is another high-concept blockbuster that combines “Die Hard” with 1974’s “The Towering Inferno.” The film is a solid action vehicle for star Dwayne Johnson with many strong sequences and impressive performances by its leads. Though “Skyscraper” is somewhat hobbled by a need to telegraph every story turn as well as some poorly shot fight scenes, it is filled with several crowd-pleasing moments that should delight viewers.

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The best thing that “Skyscraper” does is work very hard to make Dwayne Johnson seem mortal. That may sound odd, but through the various “Fast and Furious” movies and other projects that he’s done, it’s easy to forget that he’s not some Olympic demi-god able to solve anything with a properly timed bicep curl. Much like “Die Hard” before it, the script takes great pains to demonstrate the issues that Will faces and the fact that he suffers from every bruise and bang he accrues in his terrible night. Johnson does an excellent job presenting himself as a more vulnerable person; he has a different physicality that highlights the limp from his prosthetic but also has a much more timid presence since he’s “laid down his sword,” as he says. That approach really grounds the action in a human place and helps sell the stunt sequences, whether he’s trying to leap into the giant building or scale around a ledge at unimaginable heights. Johnson and Campbell are both really solid in their roles as regular people caught up in an insane situation, and they get plenty of opportunities to shine both physically and dramatically. The action is mostly very good, with a nice blending of large sets and CGI to sell the precarious situations in which the Sawyer family finds itself. Whenever it’s dealing with navigating the increasingly horrible fire at the Pearl, “Skyscraper” shines best and is very engaging. Unfortunately, anytime there’s a fight, the film loses a bit of its shine. The fight choreography is actually pretty inspired and grounded, which should make it engaging to audiences, but it’s lost underneath some very bad cinematography (with a constantly moving camera) and many unnecessary edits. Considering that the director of photography is Robert Elswit (who has captured incredible images in his storied career, most notably for Paul Thomas Anderson), this would appear to be a directorial decision, and it hampers the movie a bit. The other issue with “Skyscraper” is that it constantly announces story beats before they happen. It’s a very fine line to walk between seeding narrative elements and telegraphing what is about to unfold, but far too often there is an emphasis put on certain elements of the plot or mechanics of the building that feels like Thurber turning to the viewers and saying, “Keep this in your back pocket for later!” In fact, there’s one part early on that could have just been summed up by having the characters say, “And this is where we’ll be spending the action climax of the third act.” Yes, many action blockbusters are on the rails, and it is not a genre known for twists or surprises, but there is a real sense of a foregone conclusion that tampers any exhilaration of what will happen next. “Skyscraper” is a high concept movie that perfectly synthesizes two previous blockbusters into an original and fun film on its own. It has a lot of exciting moments and impressive stunts, but all of that is shouldered on the character work that writer/director Thurber puts in to emphasize Will and Sarah’s humanity. There are a few places where it could be improved, but mostly, it’s the kind of enjoyable summer blockbuster that once littered the multiplexes. By never losing its focus on what matters to viewers, “Skyscraper” is able to rise above pedestrian action fare.

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TORONTO — Raptors president Masai Ujiri apologized Friday for a “miscommunication” with four-time AllStar and franchise icon DeMar DeRozan, but Toronto’s traded All-Star guard didn’t seem quite ready to make amends. Speaking for the first time since sending DeRozan to San Antonio for Kawhi Leonard, Ujiri began by saying sorry to DeRozan. The career Raptor had expressed anger and frustration in an Instagram post after learning of the deal, indicating he’d been told he would not be traded. Shortly after Ujiri apologized Friday, DeRozan added a new post to his Instagram feed: a facepalm emoji, a symbol of frustration and exasperation. Reflecting on a conversation he’d had with DeRozan at Summer League earlier this month, Ujiri said he “should have handled it better” when discussing future plans. 32

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“Maybe my mistake was talking about what we expected going forward from him,” Ujiri said. “I think that’s where the gap was, because in my job I always have to assume that I’m going forward with the team that I have. If there was a miscommunication there, I do apologize to DeMar.” Still, after three straight disappointing playoff exits, Ujiri felt something needed to change with the Raptors. He acknowledged struggling with the “human side” of the trade, but decided Leonard was too good a prize to pass up. Now, Ujiri says, the Raptors “are stepping on territory that we never have.” “I think if we look at ourselves honestly, everybody knows that we had to do something different, even if it wasn’t this,” Ujiri said. “We had to figure out something different. I take responsibility for that. “We’ve been doing this how many years?” Ujiri said. “You can’t continue doing the same thing over and over again. And when you get a chance to get a top five player, which doesn’t come very often, I think you have to jump on it. We’ve given a chance to this team, we’ve tried to build it as much as we can but, at this point, this opportunity came in front of us and we had to jump on it.” DeRozan led the Raptors in scoring in each of the last five years, and was key to Toronto winning a franchise-record 59 games and securing the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference last season. “There’s no measurement for what DeMar DeRozan has done for this organization,” Ujiri said, pledging that the departed guard will be acknowledged “in the biggest way that we can possibly do it” for his nine seasons with the Raptors. Even with DeRozan, Toronto lost three straight postseason series against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, including consecutive second-round sweeps. The Raptors have never reached the NBA Finals. Leonard, the 2014 NBA Finals MVP, has twice finished in the top three in MVP voting and is a two-time winner of the league’s Defensive Player of the Year award. Ujiri called his new acquisition “a no-nonsense basketball player that plays on both sides of the floor and produces.” Still, there are reasons for concern. A seven-year veteran, Leonard missed all but nine games last season because of a leg injury. He can become a free agent next summer, and has stated his desire to play for the Los Angeles Lakers. As long as Leonard is with the Raptors, however, Ujiri will work to show him what Toronto has to offer. “I think there’s a lot to sell here,” Ujiri said. “Our team, our culture, our city, our ownership. We have everything here except a championship, in my humble opinion. I don’t think we lack anything in this city.” Leonard has yet to pass a physical, Ujiri said, adding one is expected to happen “in the next couple of days.” Ujiri, who returned from a trip to Africa earlier Friday, has not met Leonard in person since the trade, but said they have spoken on the phone. Ujiri disputed rumors that Leonard has no interest in playing north of the border. “He didn’t express a lack of interest about playing in Canada to me,” Ujiri said. DeRozan and Leonard are expected to be on the court together next week when USA Basketball convenes a national team training camp in Las Vegas. That team is coached by San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich. SELFIEMAGAZINE.NET

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The dust has settled on the Raptors’ blockbuster trade for unsettled star Kawhi Leonard, but now they need to sell the former Spur on the franchise. The forward can become a free agent next summer if he declines his player option, and the race is on for Toronto to convince him of the merits of playing up north. “I think there’s a lot to sell here: our team, our culture, our city, our ownership,” Raptors president Masai Ujiri told reporters Friday. “We have everything here except a championship, in my humble opinion.” Uriji continued, “He [Leonard] didn’t express a lack of interest in playing in Canada to me.”

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Leonard was reportedly displeased with the trade in its immediate aftermath, and he wasn’t the only one. DeMar Derozan, who was sent the other way in the deal, sounded off on his Instagram story, saying, “…Ain’t no loyalty in this game. Sell you out quick for a little bit of nothing…” Ujiri reportedly told DeRozan during the summer league that the team would not trade him. The Compton native is the franchise’s all-time leading scorer through nine seasons, and earned his fourth All-Star selection last season. “With DeMar, he was unbelievably loyal to us. I’ve never seen anything like it… It’s honestly why I will not be doing this one day,” Uriji said. “Maybe I should have handled the conversation (with DeMar) better.” The work starts now for the Raptors to convince Leonard to commit to a future in Toronto. The team is coming off a franchise-record 59 wins and has topped the 50-win threshold for three straight seasons. While it lost its top scorer in DeRozan to acquire Leonard, it still has talented point guard Kyle Lowry and exciting young players in Pascal Siakam and O.G. Anunoby. LeBron James, whose Cavaliers eliminated the Raptors the past three postseasons, is now in the Western Conference making the East more open than it’s been in over a decade. “What I can see is a basketball player, a no-nonsense basketball player that can play on both sides of the floor…,” Ujiri said of Leonard. “He seems to have a quiet demeanor. All human buildings are built differently.” With Leonard, the Raptors have a legitimate chance to ascend to the top of the conference.

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There is not much to say other than Candice Swanepoel is f%cking amazing! And there is nothing classier than her posing with her legs spread wide open as if she was open for business. Whatever she is selling, I’m buying and I’d be willing to trade my whole baseball card collection to own it.

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In our minds, the Dodge Challenger GT is the ultimate homage to Bo and Luke Duke and is the car that the Hazzard boys really wished they could have had. It took some time rallying in the dirt and doing power slides in the snow for us to forget about our disappointment in the lack of a bigger engine for the Challenger GT model. It’s easy to appreciate the 2018 Dodge Challenger GT for what it is without that baggage once some time has been spent in this seriously well-done AWD coupe. The 2018 Challenger GT hasn’t changed much from our drive in the 2017 model year. What’s changed is our perception of the car, especially now that we’ve spent so much time behind the wheel and in so many different driving scenarios. In our week with the Challenger GT last year, we drove in dirt and sand, throwing dust to the wind as the big car’s tires spun through like a rally champ. This year, we spent time on a frozen lake in Colorado doing the same thing in the snow and ice during the Redline Ice Drive. Shortly after that, we had the 2018 Challenger GT show up in our driveway for a week-long stint of winter driving in Wyoming as a daily-use car. Those experiences have shown us that in the 2018 Dodge Challenger GT, there is a beautiful connection between muscle car goodness and realistic daily use design. Without becoming a watered down version of either. 52

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2018 Dodge Challenger GT AWD : Review


EXTERIOR On the outside, the 2018 Challenger GT looks like most Challenger models. That is to say it’s a big, beefy, truly American muscle car. A few GT badges and some slight adjustments to wheel appearances are the only really differences. As with all Challengers of this generation, the 2018 model takes its inspiration from the legendary early 1970s Charger. That all-American look works well for the Challenger and the feeling is only enhanced by the small, integrated spoiler on the deck lid, the body striping on our particular test vehicle, and the Dukes of Hazzard orange paint that we think should be mandatory on all Challenger models.

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In the GT model, the interior of the Challenger is similar to what’s found in most base or mid-level Challengers. A T-shaped shifter lever, big buttons, and a very readable instrument cluster are high points. Pedal placement, controls placement, and the coddling way the bolsters of the driver’s seat hold one in place are testaments to the ease of use the Challenger offers during both daily driving and performance handling. For the latter, be sure to familiarize yourself with the location of the traction control button (bottom left of the hazard lights button). Holding this button for a few seconds will turn off both traction control and AWD, pushing power to the rear wheels for rear-driven fun times when desired.

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When it comes to interiors for sports cars, nobody does it as well as Dodge does. The interior of the 2018 Challenger manages to be both bulkily muscular and comfortably useful. With the largest back seat in the class and some great infotainment behind that big 8.4-inch screen, the Challenger does things right.

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Outside of the excellent comfort levels, the highlight of the 2018 Challenger GT’s interior is in its infotainment. Chrysler’s Uconnect system is easily the best in the business with great voice controls, solid voice-to-text functions, clear graphics, and fast menus that are easily navigated.

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Another highlight is the kid-friendly back seats (adults can sit there too, though it is a bit cramped) and huge trunk space the Challenger sports. A true Jersey three-body, the trunk of the Challenger is enormous and accommodating.

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PERFORMANCE Where the rubber meets the road, as it were, is in performance in this muscle coupe. Power in the 2018 Dodge Challenger GT comes courtesy of a 3.6-liter V6 that outputs 305 horsepower and 268 pound-feet of torque. Standard all-wheel drive split is 30:70 front to rear, with adjustments forward or back as needed. With AWD off, the Challenger GT is rear-wheel drive. Ingeniously, under most driving conditions where traction control is not at issue (such as highway commutes, driving around town quietly, etc), the Challenger GT acts as a RWD muscle coupe for maximum fuel economy. The front axle is disengaged via a magnetic clutch. It’s the same system used in the big Chrysler 300, with which the Challenger shares much in common. Fuel economy is rated at 27 mpg on the highway and 18 mpg around town. Our average was about 22 mpg this year and 21 mpg last year, making the Challenger GT more efficient than most would expect.

On pavement, the average driver can expect to get 6.9-second 0-60 mph times out of the Challenger GT. Professionals will get under 6.5. Top speed for the 2018 Challenger GT is 130 mph with the sweet spot in the engine’s power band coming at about 5,200 rpm. What we learned last year was that out in the dirt, the Challenger GT is definitely in its element. This big coupe just wants to slide, shimmy, throw dirt out of its way, and drift happily around corners. This year, we learned that the same is true in winter driving conditions.

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During normal driving in everyday situations, the big 2018 Challenger GT is a smooth, well-balanced machine with a confident air about it. Visibility is not as good as one might hope, due to the small greenhouse and heavy pillared design of the Challenger, but getting around for normal driving needs is easy in this big car.

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When safety is the concern, leaving the traction control and stability systems on will result in good winter driving dynamics impeded only by the big car’s bulk. If the driver keeps a steady hand and feathers the throttle, though, the Challenger GT will be one of the safest vehicles on wintry roads. When fun is to be had, turning off traction control can result in spectacular ice lot brodies, snow drifting, and more.


OVERVIEW The 2018 Dodge Challenger GT is a whole lot of fun in a myriad of situations. The confidence of AWD brings a lot to the big coupe while the excellent daily use ergonomics make it a truly useful car beyond playtime. Neither of those things detracts from the truly Americanized muscle that is the Challenger’s heart and they don’t mean that the fun of a muscle car is lost in the Challenger GT. It’s only made better. We’ve grown to be genuine fans of the big Challenger and are enamored with the GT model and its capabilities. The starting price for the Challenger GT is about $35,000.

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The long-awaited seventh generation of the top-selling sedan in the Lexus lineup is finally here, and the new 2019 Lexus ES will hit dealerships around the same time the kids head back to school. In the United States, there will be three flavors of ES, the ES 350, ES 300h (Hybrid), and for the first time, ES 350 F Sport. That F Sport model is targeted at a younger and more male demographic than the average Lexus customer. Here at Gunaxin, we’re younger and more male than the average Lexus customer as well. So not surprisingly, we fixated on the F Sport model when we recently were invited to Nashville to meet the new ES. For sake of comparison, we did drive all three offerings, but our video, photos, and review will focus on the new 2019 Lexus ES 350 F Sport. We know the younger buyers like it when the pictures move too, so please take a first look at the newest F Sport in our latest video below.

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2019 Lexus ES 350 F Sport : Review


EXTERIOR The most striking design element of the new ES F Sport is the same thing that has been attracting polarized attention for Lexus over the past 5 years. It’s that gaping spindle grille on the front. Yasuo Kajino, Project Chief Designer, describes it as “provocative elegance”. We’re on record stating that our approval of that grille grows as the grille itself grows. So while this isn’t the largest its been proportionally to a Lexus, it is still fairly impressive. The F Sport treatment with the jet black mesh is a definite must for us, as it looks better than the vertical bars on the standard grille. We honestly wouldn’t be surprised if the F Sport version of the spindle grille was the primary motivator of customers who choose the upgrade over the regular ES 350. That sexy mesh is also repeated in the lower corners for a balanced look. The new ES was redesigned on the all-new Global Architecture-K (GA-K) platform, which resulted in an ES with a better stance and proportions. It is longer (+2.6), lower (-0.2) and wider (+1.8) than the outgoing model, and the wheels have also been pushed closer to the corners with a two-inch longer wheelbase. The hood and roof line are both relatively low and sleek, dare we say almost coupé like. Ultra Sonic Blue Mica 2.0 (the shade changed slightly, we asked) and Ultra White are color options exclusive to the F Sport. Overall, the vehicle has been transformed, and is clearly the most sporty looking version of the typically conservative ES ever produced. Our favorite photo we took of the ES 350 F Sport is the 2nd row center image above, with the F Sport badging and the redesigned mirrors stealing design cues from the LC500. You don’t have to look very hard to find other design elements that have pleasantly made their way down the lineup from the sportier cousins. The ES F Sport gets unique dark graphite coated dual-spoke 19-inch wheels that are similar to those used on the LC and LS. It also features slim headlamps with Lexus “L” shaped marker lights, and LED tail-lamps with more “L” shaped goodness. On the rear, dual chrome exhaust finishers and a trunk lid spoiler are included to complete the look. SELFIEMAGAZINE.NET

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The F Sport logo adorned front seats are power adjustable in 10 ways, and can be heated and ventilated as you would expect. The steering wheel apparently comes directly from the LS, and is adorned with even more F Sport badging. The F Sport also receives a larger (8 inch) LCD instrument panel, which features the movable center ring that has been popular on other F Sport models.

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The F Sport model of the ES is offered in an exclusive Circuit Red color which is the most striking feature in our photos below. It’s absolutely fabulous, and just one more reason why we would definitely prefer the F Sport if looking to make an ES purchase. It’s combined with an all-new F Sport standard metallic trim called Hadori Aluminum, that is inspired by an ancient sword polishing process. The strong color scheme of Red, Black, and Silver is eye-catching, and really elevates the ES into a far sportier realm than it has ever been before.

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The available (with Navigation) 12.3 inch wide Electro Multi Vision (EMV) display is great, and the analog clock placement makes smart use of that potential negative space. We’re still not sure why Lexus continues to use that frustrating Remote Touch Interface, but at least it has improved in recent years. It’s used to access two of our favorite interior features, an available 17-speaker 1800 watt Mark Levinson audio system, and a new invention named Apple Carplay. The former sounds amazing, and the later is making its long-awaited début in the Lexus lineup. Carplay operates exactly as we’ve come to expect, but is even better on that impressive wide screen. It’ll soon offer Waze capability, too. If Android Auto is your thing, you still won’t find it on any Lexus or Toyota product. However, if you still have the desire to talk to your new car, the 2019 Lexus ES is Amazon Alexa enabled, for both car-to-home, and hometo-car commands. Are you currently lacking Alexa enabled devices and a new ES to talk to them with? Apparently Lexus and Amazon can help you fix that, as they’re giving away a 2019 Lexus ES and a smart-home makeover for Prime Day. SELFIEMAGAZINE.NET

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“We knew that this ES had to feel responsive and easy to drive, no matter what kind of road it was on and that can only be achieved with a solid foundation.” -Yasuhiro Sakakibara, Engineer The 2019 Lexus ES 350 is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 302 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque (both up from the outgoing model) and is mated to an all-new 8-speed direct shift automatic transmission. None of those numbers are upgraded if you pay extra for F Sport badging, but there is more to F Sport on the ES than just an appearance package. The main performance upgrade you get with the F Sport model is the Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) system, which is capable of 650 levels of sensor driven adjustment to deliver optimal ride quality and precise control. The difference between the AVS equipped F Sport and the standard Dynamic Control Shocks is quite noticeable under spirited driving situations. The AVS is one of the systems that is adjusted when you select the Sport or Sport+ driving modes, along with throttle, transmission, and steering. Furthermore, in Custom mode, F Sport drivers can choose three engine and transmission programs (Eco, Normal, Sport), two steering and suspension programs (Normal, Sport) and two climate programs (Eco, Normal).

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The front-wheel drive ES 350 takes a significant step up in performance compared to the outgoing model, largely due to the newly developed GA-K chassis. It’s much more rigid than before, thanks to additional use of highstrength steel, structural adhesives, laser screw welds, and bracing. Building a more rigid chassis has paid dividends for other recent Lexus models, and it does the same for ES handling.

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OVERVIEW The 2019 Lexus ES is improved in every way, and we didn’t even mention the smooth quiet ride that Lexus is known for. With an F Sport model introduction, Lexus has invited a new customer to consider the popular ES. It’s yet unknown whether those customers will answer that invitation. The front-wheel drive ES 350 F Sport can’t match the performance of the rear-wheel-drive offerings in the lineup (IS, GS, LS, RC, LC), however we don’t believe it was meant to. With the exception of the AVS and additional driving modes, the F Sport is largely an appearance package, but it’s one with much more dynamic styling that we really like. Combined with the new technology offerings, we think an F Sport version of the top-selling Lexus is a compelling option that has previously been missing from the lineup.

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GADGETS & GEAR

Are you looking for a great digital camera to use on a trip or as a gift, but don’t want to get involved with DSLR prices? Then you need to start looking at the best point and shoot digital cameras that include quality sensors and sharing options at far more affordable prices. We’ve got a lot of digital cameras for you to take a look at, but here are a few of our favorite models.

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Three Fun Point and Shoot Cameras


OLYMPUS STYLUS TOUGH TG-4 – $330 When people choose a point-and-shooter these days, they are very interested in portability. They want a camera that will take far better photos than their smartphone, but that’s just as easy to lug around. This Olympus model gets one of our top spots for just this reason: With shockproof, freezeproof, waterproof (up to 50 feet), and crushproof (up to 220 pounds) features, You can take it essentially everywhere, making it the ideal way to document your nature travels. It’s particularly well-designed for taking underwater shots and video. Specs include a 4x wide-angle optical zoom, 5fps continuous shooting, and a 16-megapixel sensor. The Wi-Fi and GPS with compass features make this a well-rounded, rugged camera made for adventurers.

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If you are less “adventure” and more “adverse to spending way too much on a digital camera,” then this PowerShot model may be exactly what you’re looking for. At around $200 it’s far more affordable than our other favorite top point and shoot camera options, but still doesn’t skimp on any features. That includes a 12x optical zoom, a 20.2-megapixl sensor, and the ability to take 1080pHD videos. There’s aren’t a lot of extra modes or protective features here, making this camera ideal for more casual circumstances – however, the automatic slideshow creation feature may come in handy, and there’s both Wi-Fi and NFC tech here for image sharing.

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Whether you are looking for a professional-grade camera for some serious shoots or a more casual option that still gives you plenty of lens choices, there’s a DSLR out there with your name on it. The key is finding out which one it is, and how much you’re willing to pay for it. We’ve got a few ideas about that, so let us introduce the best DSLR cameras today!

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NIKON D810 – $2,797 If you want a lot of power for professional images and capabilities, then this D810 will find a regular place in your travel pack. It has some of the heftiest specs we’ve seen in consumer-facing DSLRs, including a 36.3 megapixel CMOS sensor sporting an optical low pass filter, a 51-point autofocus features, and an image processor that’s 30% faster than older models. Nikon has also equipped this camera with a new RAW format option for saving smaller versions of your images to get the most out of storage space. If you are looking for a primary DSLR to make money off your photography skills, it’s hard to do better than this. Note that the price is for the body only, not a lens kit.

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If your DSLR dreams involve more casual features and a lot less money, then check out this Rebel model from Canon. It still has a lot of professional-grade specs like a 24.2 megapixel sensor, 19-point autofocus, and an ISO range of 100-12800. However, the camera also comes with 5fps shooting for capturing high speed action, an HD movie mode, and other settings that are worth exploring with your friends. Note the Wi-Fi and NFC capabilities: These make it particularly easy to share and transfer photos at a moment’s notice. Also note that there are several different lens options here, each with a different set of specs to consider.

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PENTAX K-S2 – $530 If once more you are left longing for a cheaper DSLR, well – they don’t come much cheaper than this. But don’t think that this Pentax model is on the flimsy side: On the contrary, this camera was designed for off-road adventures. It’s fully weather sealed, dust proof, cold proof, ad has body shake reduction features. Add in the 20-megapixel sensor, the built-in Wi-Fi, and the 4K video capture, and you have the perfect companion for outdoor sports.

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Is Back In A Swimsuit!

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Danielle Dwyer


I believe Danielle Dwyer and her hotness is here to stay. I’m so proud of her for taking my notes and running with it. Now all we have to work on is some booty and money shot poses and she’ll easily be a worldwide favorite.


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The Graves 601 Hotel in downtown Minneapolis is part of the Wynham Grand Collection, and is billed as “sophisticated modern luxury.” Rising 22 stories above the pulse of the city, you will find a Minneapolis hotel with a history of excellence. Graves 601 Hotel Minneapolis is located at the confluence of business, theatre and entertainment districts, in the heart of downtown Minneapolis. Standing directly across the street from the Target Center, the hotel is connected by Skyway to the entire shopping and business district. We recently had the occasion to stay at the Graves 601, for the 2014 Kia Soul National Press Introduction. Our room looked generally like the photo above, including that huge window with the desk perfectly situated to make best use of that expansive view of the city. Since our trips are normally working affairs, we appreciated that amazing setup, although being able to swivel that television would have been nice. The room was modern and spacious, and the bed was large and comfortable. The light wood furniture and flooring was bright and refreshing, and a contrast to most places that we stay. The dining options and facilities were what you would expect from a luxury hotel, and overall we enjoyed our stay. 90

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TRAVEL & MONEY The Palazzo – Las Vegas

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We recently had the opportunity to spend several days at the Palazzo, which served as the perfect home-base for our adventures at CES. It was the second time we’ve had the pleasure of exploring the property, after previously spending a memorable Super Bowl Weekend on site with Lexus. The all-suite hotel offers some of the largest standard accommodations on the Vegas Strip at 720 square feet per guest room, and all of that space is clearly one of our favorite features.

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The Palazzo is a luxury hotel and casino resort that opened in 2008, adjoining the The Venetian on the Las Vegas Strip. It is currently the tallest completed building in Nevada, the second-largest building in the Western Hemisphere in terms of available floor space, and the largest LEED certified building in the United States. As one of the newest resort destination in Las Vegas, the Palazzo contains everything you would expect in modern Vegas accommodations; Hotel, Casino, Shops, Dining, Entertainment, and Nightlife.

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Overall the rooms are large and luxurious, and the decor sets a classic tone. The bedroom features a comfy white bed with high quality linens and pillows framed in a massive headboard. The flatscreen TV mounted above a light-up marble top dresser is perfectly situated for relaxed viewing, but the sluggish interface proved to be a bit frustrating. The bedroom is separated from the sunken living room with a fabulous marble topped half-wall, which was actually quite functional for unpacking of suitcases. That area also houses the remote for one of our favorite features of the room, the power roman shade. At the push of a button from bed, you can either welcome the voyeurs from near-by hotels into your Vegas nightlife, or shutout the sun which seems to rise far too early in the desert.

The living room features a large sectional sofa, a desk, small table, and a hutch housing a second TV and mini bar. At first glance the layout seems to make perfect use of the over-sized room, providing ample space to relax or even get some work done.

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However closer inspection of the furniture reveals some puzzling choices as the pieces included are among the most uncomfortable we’ve encountered. The fabric on the sectional also had a curious way of highlighting every stain it has ever absorbed. The multifunction printer/fax/scanner on a cart took up too much space by the desk, and that entire corner was a mess of cords which hardly matched the elegance of the room. Despite being a recent addition to the strip, overall the room lacked some of the modern amenities in terms of charging and interfacing with our devices that we’ve found at other properties. The luxurious bathroom continues the theme from the rest of the room, spacious and covered in marble. A separate bath and shower make great use of the space, and we’re sure the lady folks appreciate the makeup vanity. The bathroom features a welcome 3rd flat screen in the room, although its mounting seems like an afterthought, and it functions on a different service than the other two, and thus does not synch channel numbers or timing. Overall the room was spacious, luxurious, and well appointed. The impact of the room when you first walk-in is undeniable, it’s gorgeous and inviting. However some poor choices for furniture and technology left the room already feeling dated, 6 years after the grand opening of the Palazzo. We’re left wondering if those choices were made on purpose though, to get you out of your room and onto the casino floor.

The Palazzo is also home to our favorite Sportsbook in Las Vegas, Lagasse’s Stadium. It’s a modern take on the traditional Sportsbook with stadium seating, comfortable couches, and amazing food to go along with the big screens and betting windows. Lagasse’s Stadium® combines Emeril Lagasse’s signature cuisine and kicked-up game day eats with more than 100 HD TVs including a 9 foot x 16 foot main TV, luxury boxes, plush stadium-style seating, billiard tables, and an outdoor patio just steps from the Strip. Now, you’ll never have to choose between great food and the big game.

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That is where the Palazzo truly shines. With high ceilings and modern ventilation, the Palazzo is one of the least smoke infested Casinos you’ll find on the strip. Pair that with luxurious shopping and dining choices, and the Palazzo is a premier destination for folks who enjoy the bright modern Vegas, over the dark, crowded, smokefilled joints of the past.


Adjoining the Palazzo is the equally fabulous Venetian, with its Gondola rides, never-ending day-lit shopping promenade, and the amazing Tao Nightclub. The two properties combined offer everything the modern traveler could want in a resort, and a little taste of Italy on the Vegas strip.

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If you want your relationship to remain satisfying for the long haul, it’s important to make sure you’re not missing opportunities to show love. The more you choose to show your partner love, the more you will feel it. It’s common to focus on what your partner is doing for you (instead of taking an internal look at yourself), but it’s healthier to consider the type of partner you want to be and act from this place. It also helps to get educated on how your partner receives and feels love, so you can ensure you’re communicating your love in ways that register with your partner. You can learn more about the five ways we express and receive love and better understand your love language (and your partner’s) by reading “The Five Love Languages” by Dr. Gary Chapman and taking the quiz here. Here’s my list of 12 ways to show love in your relationship. Use it as a guide while also honing in on what you know about your partner and considering what makes your partner feel loved.

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12 Best Ways to Show Love (Cheap, Different, Romantic & Healthy)


CHEAP WAYS TO SHOW LOVE (#1-3) Showing love doesn’t have to involve spending lots of money and going overboard. In fact, acting from a loving place doesn’t have to cost a penny. Below are three inexpensive ways to express love in your relationship.

1. LEND A HELPING HAND Acts of Service is one of the Five Love Languages and includes doing things for your partner as signals of love. These acts may include anything and everything from taking out the garbage, walking the dog, emptying the dishwasher, cooking dinner, folding laundry, or running errands.

2. FLIRT Think back to the beginning of your relationship. Remember how fun and exciting flirting felt? Remember how you used to convey your interest through flirtatious communication and banter?

Bring back this dimension of your relationship by participating in flirty, playful, and seductive behavior and communication.

3. LISTEN & REMEMBER While remembering anniversaries and birthdays may be obvious, are you attentive to the minor everyday details, happenings, and highlights of your partner’s life? Show support by remembering your partner’s important school or work milestones and events and asking how they went. Plus, listen for important aspects of your partner’s life, and ask follow-up questions to make your partner feel special and loved. Let your memory and attention to detail represent your love.

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DIFFERENT WAYS TO SHOW LOVE (#4-6) Love comes in many forms and can be expressed in a multitude of ways. If you’re looking for out-of-the-box or creative ways to show love, check out these three ideas below.

4. OFFER SKILLS & ACTS OF KINDNESS Show your love by offering a skill, talent, or area of expertise for free. Help your partner prepare a tax return if accounting is your thing, cook a gourmet meal if cooking speaks to you, or train your partner how to run if you’re a marathon champ. Give a private yoga session if you’re a yoga teacher, or fix your partner’s phone or computer if technology comes easily for you, etc.

5. CREATE A SPECIAL PLAYLIST

Make a fun mix that fits with your partner’s workout regimen, put together a relaxing playlist for your partner to listen to after a long work day, or create the perfect music blend for your next road trip.

6. SPEND TIME TOGETHER Life seems to be more fast-paced than ever before, and constant access to technology can interfere with truly being present and available to connect. Quality Time is another one of the Five Love Languages and refers to giving your partner your undivided attention and time.

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Burning CDs may be a bit outdated, but who doesn’t love a thoughtful playlist of their favorite songs that reminds them of their partner?


ROMANTIC WAYS TO SHOW LOVE (#7-9) Love and romance go hand in hand, so don’t be afraid to bring out your romantic side and warm your partner’s heart with these three ideas.

7. GIVE SURPRISE GIFTS The Love Language Receiving Gifts speaks to partners feeling loved through gift-giving. Show your love through thoughtful, spontaneous, and creative gift-giving.

8. PLAN A GETAWAY Traveling and exploring new or favorite destinations together are great ways to stay connected and expand your relationship.

Break out of a rut, let go of everyday stresses, and bring some adventure to your relationship by planning a vacation.

9. SPEAK WITH LOVE Words of Affirmation is another Love Language centered around communicating love, care, affection, and affirmation with words and language. This may include writing your partner love notes, poetry, or loving texts as well as using verbal communication to express loving feelings.

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HEALTHY WAYS TO SHOW LOVE (#10-12) Long-lasting romantic relationships and marriages include important ingredients, such as trust, honesty, effective communication, and conflict resolution skills. How you show and express love is just as important and provides the glue. Here are three healthy ways to communicate love.

10. ASK QUESTIONS TO FOSTER INTIMACY & UNDERSTANDING Ask about your partner’s life and really listen (instead of complaining about having to listen over and over again). Pay attention, put down your phone, and take an active interest in better understanding your partner. I’m a huge fan of this list of questions.

11. ENGAGE IN PHYSICAL AFFECTION

Use nonverbal acts to demonstrate love and keep chemistry alive. Don’t be afraid to simply hold your partner or keep a loving embrace going a bit longer.

12. SAY THANK YOU Expressing gratitude to your partner is essential. Gratitude helps ensure that you’re not taking your partner for granted and are recognizing the positive impact your partner has on you and your life. Show your gratitude through daily gratitude rituals or thank you notes and simply saying thank you for all of the little things your partner does for you (and your pets, kids, family or home).

SHOWING LOVE IS A CONTINUOUS EFFORT There are endless ways to say I love you through your actions and thoughtful gestures. Don’t walk around thinking your partner feels your love and therefore you don’t have to take the time to show it. Instead, put in continuous effort to show your love and appreciation and brighten up your partner’s day while remembering we receive love in different forms. 100

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Physical Touch is the final Love Language involving showing love through appropriate touch and cuddling.


DATING & SEX

First dates can be filled with pressure, so why not plan dates that are fun and bring out your unique personality? There are endless options for date ideas and locations. However, there’s no need to go overboard or sign up for something you’re going to dread. The key is to focus on showing up as your best self by picking dates that allow you to shine and better manage jitters. Consider brainstorming for a first date together or at least contributing to the planning process by giving your date feedback and a sense of who you are, how you like to spend your time, and what you would feel comfortable doing during a first meeting. Think through factors, such as weather, personal interests, logistics and timing (Which day of the week are you getting together? What time of day are you meeting?) when planning a first date. Also consider the vibe you’d like to set and how much money you and/or your date feel is appropriate to spend on a first date. After evaluating the above factors, you’ll have a better sense of what types of first date ideas resonate with you. Next, go through the 12 first date ideas in this article, take note of what sounds exciting and most comfortable, and let the planning begin! SELFIE MAGAZINE SELFIEMAGAZINE.NET 102

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12 First Date Ideas (Best, Cute, Cheap & Romantic Tips for Women)


BEST FIRST DATE IDEAS (#1-3) Let’s start this list off on the right foot with the top first date ideas, in general. Have fun!

1. COMEDY CLUB OR IMPROV SHOW If you want to bring out your sense of humor, this is the perfect first date option for you. You can learn a lot about your date’s values and personality by understanding your date’s humor.

2. WINE TASTING OR BREWERY TOUR Spending time in a scenic vineyard or sipping beers post-brewery tour are fun, yet low-key, ways to get to know each other.

Word of caution: Getting drunk together can interfere with your ability to determine if you’re a good match and taint how you feel about a potential partner, so go slow with your drinking and be smart.

3. BALLROOM DANCING Sign up for a beginner dance lesson together and let the fun begin. Dancing is a valuable way to see if you have chemistry and can build teamwork without the pressure of keeping a conversation going. Mastering a new skill together will also serve as a confidence builder and an icebreaker.

“CUTE” FIRST DATE IDEAS (#4-6) Cute dates are often dates where you two spend the day or evening laughing and flirting, and you’re basically just giddy about getting to know each other. You’ll see what I mean with the following ideas.

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4. ZOO OR AQUARIUM Animal lovers are bound to connect over a zoo or aquarium date. You’ll have natural conversation starters for getting to know each other while engaging in a fun activity together.

5. Museum or Art Gallery

6. ART, POTTERY, OR PAINTING CLASS Learning a new skill while being creative is a fun start to a potential relationship. The key is not to judge your artistic abilities (or your date’s) and instead focus on being present and free to be creative in ways that feel right to you.

“CHEAP” FIRST DATE IDEAS (#7-9) You don’t have to empty your bank account just to go on some really awesome dates. Below are three affordable ideas that don’t skimp on the entertainment.

7. HIKING OR WALKING Enjoying nature plus engaging in physical activity can have a calming effect on dating jitters. Soak in some sunshine and vitamin D while taking in the scenery or turn a walk around a city, waterfront or park into a romantic stroll. Bonus: Bring your pup and see how your date gels with your beloved pet.

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Use the displays to initiate dialogue while exploring each other’s personality and connecting intellectually and emotionally.

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Showcase your history-loving, artistic, and intelligent qualities by visiting a museum or art gallery together.


It’s more fun and not as overdone as a typical coffee date, yet it offers a low level of commitment and time, which can always be extended if you hit it off.

9. ICE SKATING, ROLLER SKATING, OR BOWLING Focusing on skating (and not falling) will take the pressure off maintaining a conversation. Activity dates like these can be flirty and lead to some natural physical touching, which is valuable in detecting if you have chemistry. Bowling is another activity that can teach you a lot about your date in a casual and fun environment. For example, is your date super competitive? Does your date laugh off mistakes? How does your date handle winning or losing? Does he brag or show signs of a sore loser?

“ROMANTIC” FIRST DATE IDEAS (#10-12) You can make any date romantic if you really think about it and put in a little bit of effort. Here are some of the classics that you’re both sure to love.

10. PICNIC IN A PARK OR GARDEN Bring a blanket and picnic basket filled with goodies (snacks, fresh lemonade, wine and cheese, or a full meal) and get to know each other in a romantic, yet laid-back, atmosphere. Focus on building genuine interest and conversation while enjoying the outdoors. Bonus: Watch the sunset or gaze at the stars for an extra boost of romance.

11. NICE DINNER While this may feel overdone or considered boring by some, you can’t go wrong with meeting for a nice dinner and getting to know each other over a delicious meal.

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Dinner dates may create more pressure to maintain eye contact and keep a conversation going, but they also work well as an opportunity to see if you are compatible and attracted to each other. Hint: You can learn a lot about someone by how he or she treats the restaurant staff.

THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS TO HAVE FUN! Other first date ideas that didn’t make the list include cheering on a sports team, attending an outdoor concert or jazz club, playing arcade games, volunteering together, and rock climbing. As you can see, there are endless first date ideas that are cute, fun, lighthearted, and budget-friendly. The key is to create an environment and energy in which you can get to know each other in enjoyable ways and show up as your most confident, relaxed selves.

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It’s romantic to mix ingredients, help each other create a recipe from scratch and taste new delicious foods together. Cooking together can feel a bit like “playing house” (in an exciting way) while making a memorable meal and building skills as a potential couple.

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Maryna Linchuk’s Lingerie Pictures Are To Die For


Here’s Victoria’s Secret model Maryna Linchuk doing what she was seemingly born to do: give me a serious pants fire with her latest lingerie photoshoot. Now, in the past, I’ve said that Maryna had a bright future ahead of her, but for some reason, the Belarusian hottie hasn’t become nearly as famous as some of her fellow supermodels. And since it’s obviously not because she isn’t hot enough, I’ve got to assume it’s because she never dated a blogger. But not to worry, because I can help her fix that ASAP. Hey, it’s always better late than never.


FASHION & STYLE

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Dive In Feet First: The 5 Best Shoes to Go Swimming In

1. JIASUQI WOMEN’S WATER SHOES An affordable alternative to walking barefoot into the water, the JIASUQI Water Shoes are suitable for both men and women. Furthermore, they are made from an ultra light stretchy material that makes the shoes easy to put on and take off when compared to other water shoe options.

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2. C9 CHAMPION LUCILLE WATER SHOES Ideal for water aerobics or water therapy, the C9 Champion version of the water shoe for women boasts a nylon fabric top and a hard bottom. The fitted shoes slip on and off thanks to the sliding design. In addition, the mesh around the edges allows for breathable wear both in and out of the water. Plus, the pink lining adds a feminine flair to an otherwise neutral shoe.

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3. BODY GLOVE HORIZON ATHLETIC WATER SHOE

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Some of the best fitting water shoes on the market, the Body Glove Horizon Athletic Water Shoes will keep your feet safe in and out of the water this summer. The shoes are so lightweight it doesn’t feel like you’re wearing shoes at all with them on your feet. Plus, they’re also adjustable thanks to a velcro strap.

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4. SPEEDO MEN’S SURFWALKER The Surfwalker shoes by Speedo features a stretchy pull-on exterior complimented by a cushioned insole. Furthermore, the new S-TRAC TPR outsole was designed to specifically stream water away from the shoe, ensuring better slip resistance. Transition from home to the water and back with these stylish shoes.

5. STOHLQUIST BODHI WATER SHOE Comfort and protection are the two most important features of the Stohlquist Bodhi Water Shoe for men. Built with adventure in mind, these shoes have mesh paneling along the side for ventilation and drainage as well as non-slip TPR soles. In addition, the molded midsole gives your feet a comfortable place to rest during long days of paddling or hiking. The pull tabs at the top are also a nice addition for pulling the shoes on and off, even when they’re wet.

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FASHION & STYLE

1. ELEVON FULL FRAME (FF) SUNGLASSES

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Subtle, stylish and extra effective, these full-frame sunglasses offer 99.99% UVA/UVB protection and are both scratch- and fog-resistant. Made of durable, lightweight material, you’ll hardly even notice they’re there.

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2. SHEAR EYEWEAR Able to provide superior vision enhancement without ever getting the way or feeling obtrusive, these glasses feature selenite polycarbonate die-cut lenses and provide impressive 100% UVA/UVB protection.

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3. TOMCAT POLARIZED Modeled after the classic Aviator style, these polarized frames feature spring hinges for less temple pressure and full UVA/UVB protection. With a sleek build and an impressive scratch-resistant outer coating, these glasses also come with their owns stylish microfiber drawstring bag. The “Tomcat” wouldn’t look out of place in a Tom Cruise movie .

4. BURNER HALF FRAME SUNGLASSES These stylish sunglasses not only make a bold fashion statement, they provide unparalleled UV protection. Builtin smoke lenses offer 100% protection from UVA/UVB light. They also feature three interchangeable die-cut lenses orange lenses that help block outside distractions without ever dimming them.

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FOOD & DRINKS

Today is National French Fry Day, a special day dedicated to celebrating one of our favorites foods. There are numerous ways to prepare french fries, but we tend to prefer them done simply like they do at Thrasher’s in Ocean City, MD. You just can’t match the taste of fresh cut potatoes fried up quick in peanut oil that probably hasn’t been changed out all summer as you sit on the boardwalk and fend off hungry seagulls. To celebrate this most festive of days for fry lovers, we’ve put together a little gallery of french fry food porn, demonstrating the many ways that we enjoy eating fried potato goodness. From Curly to Crinkle, and everything in between…

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How to Make the Perfect Mint Julep

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The 142nd Kentucky Derby will be run on Saturday, so it’s time to put down that Cinco de Mayo Margarita and start drinking Mint Juleps. It’s pretty much the only time of year you’re likely to serve or order a Mint Julep, so we understand you might forget how to make one. Luckily the good folks at Hard Rock put together this graphic to help you drink like Teddy Roosevelt. Oddly, the graphic instructs you to use a Julep cup, but yet they didn’t use one themselves in the graphic. Stupid interns, no wonder they don’t get paid!

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