Real Leather Handbags That Are Affordable? Yes, Please.


Buzzfeed Fashion has featured 54 leather bags that are actually affordable and real leather! No pleather here. Just the feeling of buttery goodness. We’ve been on a Gossip Girl binge, so we have picked out our favorites that Blair would be proud of. If you are more of a Serena girl, you can take a look and find the glam boho chic you crave at Buzzfeed Fashion here. Hint: check out the Topshop Genuine Shearling & Leather Clutch for the surprise fur or the glam of the J. Crew Leather Envelope Clutch in Cracked Gold Foil.

Now back to Blair and our dream of Upper East Side prep chicness.

Blair would be nothing without her girly bows, so the r-ki-tekt Aoki Bow Leather Clutch makes the list.
Strong silhouettes are near and dear to preps as they harken back to the glamour days. But to Blair it’s personal, it’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Cynthia Rowley Gemma Colorblock Leather Crossbody Bag has the boxy form and colors Audrey would love.

Blair always dresses as a Parisian while visiting the Louvre, the Foley + Corinna Jackson Leather Crossbody Bag in Truffle pulls double duty with classic brown leather and a gold chain to keep your goods closely guarded.Want someone else to handpick your bag for you just like Blair has done for her? Checkout JustFab, an online subscription service that create a specialized boutique just for you by considering your taste and style.

Madison Street Capital in the Frontline of Hedge Fund Management.

Forty two hedge fund deals were closed at Madison Street Capital in 2015 exceeding the thirty two transactions of the previous year. The transaction volumes recorded in 2015 were approximately 27% higher than those recorded in 2014 as measured by AUM. Driven by the wave of transactions in the fourth quarter of 2015, there are other main drivers creating momentum, making 2016 to be a record year in relation to hedge fund mergers and acquisition transactions.
The report indicates that despite the mediocre performance of most hedge fund strategies in 2015, hedge fund industry assets are an all time high. Due to the lagging performance of the hedge fund, institutional investors are making allocations to the alternative asset management sector with the aim of making higher returns in order to keep up with the rising liabilities. The struggle of small hedge fund managers to attract capital has led them to operating below optimal portfolio capacity levels. Generally, managers are incurring higher operational costs while still experiencing downward pressure on the fees. As a result, hedge fund managers for both large and small hedge funds are therefore considering strategic alternatives.
Madison Street Capital is a leading international investment banking firm that provides an integrated approach to strategic and financial advisory. They help clients to succeed in the global market by providing corporate financial advisory services, mergers and acquisitions expertise as well as financial opinions and evaluations. They deal with both public and private held organizations. The company has experienced financial experts that give advice to hedge fund managers and other asset managers on issues relating to mergers and acquisitions, capital introduction, portfolio evaluation, financial restructuring as well as financial sponsor coverage.
The company has offices located in Asia, Africa and North America. All the offices are equipped with highly qualified professionals who are dedicated to delivering the best quality service. The firm carefully examines each client’s situation before developing strategies and giving guidance on decision to be made. They are well endowed when it comes to helping clients set up appropriate money management structures or setting up suitable financial structures. Madison Street Capital has many years of experience in this industry. Madison Street capital recently released the fourth edition of its hedge fund industry mergers and acquisitions review which covered transaction activity and mergers and acquisition opportunities. According to the senior managing director at Madison, Karl D’Cunha, the deal environment for hedge fund industry is set to be stronger in 2016 with a variety of deal mechanisms being used to accommodate buyers and sellers in the industry. Other than traditional mergers and acquisitions, transactions are being structured as incubator deals, revenue share stakes, PE stakes and PE bolt among others.

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Source: Hedge fund industry M&A overview

George Soros Warns Of Putin’s Plan For EU Destruction

George Soros has issued another dire warning to the European Union (EU). This time he is warning of Russian president Vladimir Putin’s plan for the destruction of the EU.
In an opinion piece posted to the Project Syndicate website the billionaire activist warns that Putin’s aim is to “foster the EU’s disintegration” by posing as an ally in the fight against ISIS.

Soros contends that this is merely a Trojan horse so that Putin can hasten the disintegration of the EU. His reasoning is as follows.

He believes that Putin has so mismanaged Russia that the country will go bankrupt in 2017. He sites the Western economic sanctions and the falling price of oil as two factors that will contribute to this.

Russia’s involvement is the war is Syria is a way for Putin to help force Syrian refugees to relocate to Europe and thereby quicken the EU’s demise. Soros argues that both the EU and Russia are on the verge of collapse. If the EU collapses first, he contends, then they will not be able to continue the sanctions against Russia. Thereby saving the Russian economy and keeping Putin in power.

The EU, led by Angela Merkel, is doing its best to stave off its own destruction. Soros points out that Merkel understood that the refugee crisis had the potential to weaken the EU and perhaps lead to its dismantling.

Soros astutely points out that the EU has been bouncing from one crisis to another lately, but now it faces “five or six” crises all at once and my not be able to solve all of them.

The terrorist attacks being carried out by ISIS in the West are are a threat but, according to Soros, they “do not compare with the treat emanating from Russia.”

George Soros has always had in interest int he plight of displaced people. As a teenager he fled Nazi-occupied Hungary, landing in London where he became on of the richest hedge fund managers in the world. He most famously known as the man who broke the Bank of England.

He currently runs the Open Society Foundation which seeks to protect human rights throughout the world. The Russian government has recently labeled the Foundation as an undesirable organization and prevented it from distributing grants to other organizations in the country.

Soros has been a major player in Democratic politics in America and recently donated $6 million to a super PAC that supports Hillary Clinton.

Why are premium dog food sales increasing

The trend towards higher quality dog foods is very noticeable in the marketplace with sales that have grown by 45% in the past five years and now encapsulate $10 billion of a market space of about $25 billion. This growth is clearly clearing the way in the space and many large dog food manufacturers like Beneful are releasing high quality foods to gain traction in this market. This article will provide some insight into why are premium dog food sales increasing and how manufacturers are adapting to reach those customers in the space.

Dog food owners are increasingly concerned with not only their own diets and the ill effects that our mass-produced food culture has on our health, but also on their health of our best friends, our dogs. It is this concern that is driving the trend towards premium dog foods. Beneful even came out with a website that allows pet owners to select the individual ingredients in their dog’s food and to, along with their vet’s advice, formulate a special diet for their dogs that will help them to be healthier.

Individuals also have more disposable income than in the past and are having children later in life which is also contributing to the trend towards mothering your dogs and spending more on them. Premium dog food makers are capitalizing on this trend and it is leading to additional sales in a growing market space.

Better science is also expanding on what foods are good for dogs and brands are able to scientifically design diets that are more healthy for pets and provide them with a more balanced diet than the traditional dog food options. Dog food makers are increasingly attempting to enter into and expand in the premium dog food space as a result and are increasingly releasing products to do so. Examples are Beneful’s new medium grade triglyceride fat product to appeal to owners with older dogs and other brands that are releasing premium dog foods that are designed to fit into a paleo diet. This is leading to a healthier dog food and of course pet.


The Stars of YouTube

YouTubers are the new rockstars. They write music, play games, and make videos chronicling their daily lives. YouTube is open to all, and thus ordinary people have been catapulted into the limelight as a result of their popular and entertaining content. And their fame is long lasting, resulting in book deals, worldwide tours, new companies, and even feature films.

One of the most famous YouTubers is Michelle Phan. Beginning as a makeup artist, Michelle quickly gained recognition for her transformations into pop culture artists and characters. Now, she is the author of her own book, founder and CEO of her own company, and creator of her own cosmetics line. She was named to Forbes 30 under 30 just this year.

Tyler Oakley has also made waves. A YouTuber who offers advice, does challenges, and in general is seen as an inspiration to people around the globe, Tyler has been on a few worldwide tours and done spots on television talk shows. He also has his own book and documentary chronicling his life over one year.

Another renowned makeup artist and YouTuber, Wendy Huang is based in Austrailia and founder of The Wonderful World of Wengie. She is a blogger, reviewer, and marketing expert who constantly tests out the latest products for her viewers. She gives advice as to daily beauty and pampering routines and is currently on of the most subscribed channels in Australia.

Wendy a.k.a. Wengie has found huge success in speaking to the Asian community. She is able to give recommendations for the best products for Asian features and skin types, hitting a demographic that often feels lost in the beauty world. She experiments with circle lenses for her eyes, give tutorials on all her favorite looks, and blogs about her best routines and daily finds. She is accessible on multiple platforms, increasing her influence in the online world.

Television and movies simply can’t keep up with the phenomenon that is YouTube. With high quality content being produced in a relatively short time frame, it is no wonder these video stars are some of the most common household names.

Andy Wirth Encounters Relief after Four Years of Struggle

Wirth Andy serves as the current head and the president of the Squaw Valley Ski Incorporation. Wirth works hard to make sure that the welfare of the Lake Tahoe residents is well maintained. Executive Andy is also a philanthropist who dedicates most of his time and money to improve the socio-economic life of his fellow citizens. Mr. Andy has been committing most of his time to ensure that the Squaw Valley Ski Holdings serves as a reliable tourist destination site.

Apart from being the Chief Executive Officer of Squaw Valley Company, Sir Wirth is also a humanitarian and an environmentalist. Andy Wirth has made great contributions to the maintenance and sustainability of the Tahoe Lake and the surroundings. He works in close association with the residents of Lake Tahoe and the organizations that are headquartered in the area. Wirth primary aim is making the city a better and safe place to all the residents and visitors.

The official Reno-Gazette Journal that operates in the area made a complete release concerning the current state of operations in Tahoe Lake. According to the liberation, the recent years has not been favoring the activities undertaken in the area. The publication outlined the effect of a natural disaster that affected the winter resorts that generates a lot of revenue to the residents and the communities living on the north shores.

Apart from the natural calamities affecting the Lake Tahoe communities, the residents also faced a turnover in the political set up. An incorporation struggle was evidenced that was based on the Olympic Valley, which serves as the homeland of Squaw Valley resort and the well-known winter terrain of North America. Fortunately, the four terrible years’ experience is about to bear good fruits after nature acted in the favor of the residents.

Season storms appeared early than expected and naturally engaged in a combination with the present cold temperatures in the area that featured the early opening of Squaw Valley tourist destination and other resorts in the area.

A relief in the political struggle was encountered after the backers withdrew their claims of wanting to incorporate the Olympic Valley. Mr. Wirth was in total opposition to the move as the residents would face difficulties in the change of administration set up of the area. According to Andy Wirth, the incorporation posed a threat to Lake Tahoe public relations and business ventures. Click to learn more Lake Tahoe struggle to maintain the Olympic Valley.