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Welcome to Checking In, a review series in which our editors and contributors rate the best new (and revamped) luxury hotels based on a rigorous—and occasionally tongue-in-cheek—10-point system: Each question answered “yes” gets one point. Will room service bring you caviar? Does your suite have its own butler? Does the bathroom have a bidet? Find out below.

The exterior of Kaya Palazzo Ski & Mountain ResortThe exterior of Kaya Palazzo Ski & Mountain Resort

The resort has 142 rooms.

Describe the hotel in 3 words: Cozy. Glamourous. Aloft.

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From ancient baths to Dolmabahçe Palace, Turkey is choc-full of rich history and raw beauty. But if you already know about the Ottoman Empire, the delicious meze, and the Bosphorous (the international waterway allowing passage between the Black Sea and Mediterranean), why not try something a lot different; for example, the skiing.

Just three and half hours outside Istanbul are the Köroğlu Mountains. There, at 6,561 feet above sea level, you’ll find the nation’s best lodge, Kaya Palazzo Ski & Mountain Resort. The mountaintop getaway offers access to 15 exhilarating slopes in Kartalkaya, alongside 142 guest rooms and suites with a view. It’s also the country’s only resort with three luxurious chalets that you can book with 24-hour butler service, a wood-burning fireplace, and private slope access.

Turkey’s first artificial snow machine is put to use in the area, surrounded by a verdant forest—guaranteeing you’ll be able to land free-skiing Booter and Alley-Oop tricks safely. Several dining establishments, plus two bars are also accessible to guests for après-ski bites and entertainment. But the posh amenities in select rooms might be enough to keep you bedside, too.

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A chalet at Kaya Palazzo Ski & Mountain ResortA chalet at Kaya Palazzo Ski & Mountain Resort

The resort’s chalet’s sprawl.

Designed by architects of Kaya Holding, the nine-story hotel offers 142 rooms, plus three ultra-luxurious chalets. The King Suite, complete with two spacious beds

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Photo-Illustration: The Strategist; Photo: Bill Gentle

If you’re like us, you’ve probably wondered what everyday stuff famous people add to their carts — like hair spray or an electric toothbrush. We asked photographer, illustrator, and author Todd Selby, whose new book The Selby Comes Home is out now, about the olive-oil spray bottles he won’t grill without, the double camping chair he brings to every photo shoot, and the custom leather cowboy boots he commissioned with dolphins and the Kool-Aid Man on the sides.

I drive a white Toyota Camry, and I have a no-wash policy. I never wash it, so it has a real patina. But of course I do wash the windows — safety first. On occasion, I get out the Invisible Glass spray I keep in the trunk and spray down the windows. But I’m very careful to keep the patina on the rest of the car. This gives me a “He’s got nothing to lose” quality when I am attempting to merge lanes, and everyone makes way for me.

I don’t camp, but I am a lover of camping chairs. There are a lot of different aspects to my love and obsession, though, including something I learned about Karl Lagerfeld when I photographed him for my first book. He was a photographer as well as a clothing designer and always brought a bench with him when he was doing a photo shoot. The purpose for that bench was to have a special place to chat with his subjects before everything started. This double camping chair is my homage to the intimacy of that bench — and it’s foldable. I also have my own solo camping chairs. I cannot sit on a regular metal folding chair,

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Kelsea Ballerini took on solo hosting duties at the 2024 CMT Music Awards in Austin on Sunday, and dressed to impress in a whopping eight ensembles during the star-studded festivities. 

The Peter Pan songstress, 30 – who shared a passionate kiss with boyfriend Chase Stokes on the red carpet – also took to the stage to perform a re-imagined version of her debut single, Love Me Like You Mean It.

The beauty kicked off the night with a fun ‘mindreading’ opener involving the Outer Banks actor, 31, and other stars including Lainey Wilson and Jelly Roll. 

During the skit, she stunned in a sparkling, long-sleeved gown that was made of a sheer material that fell down past her ankles. 

Ballerini additionally slipped into a pair of glittering, closed-toed heels and allowed her blonde locks to flow down past her shoulders in light waves.  

Kelsea opted for minimal accessories to allow the outfit to be the main focal point, and added a few chunky rings onto each of her hands. 

Her makeup was glammed up for the night, and comprised of a layer of mascara to her lashes as well as a light shadow around her eyes. 

A warm blush was added to better accentuate her cheekbones, while a glossy nude-colored tint was worn on her lips. 

Moments before the fun opener to start the ceremony, Ballerini was seen strutting onto the spacious stage while holding a microphone in her hand.

The audience jumped to their feet to cheer on the songstress, including Chase who could be seen holding a bright smile on his face while supporting his girlfriend as she took on hosting duties.

At another part during the ceremony, the performer admitted to the crowd that she is ‘still clearly not over Barbie.’ 

She had a quick outfit change

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The first two rounds of the 2024 Masters have come and gone, and now it’s time for moving day at Augusta National. Plenty of big-name stars are in the mix, setting up an incredible weekend for the year’s first major championship.

Before the week is over, we wanted to share some of our favorite Masters-themed apparel items with you from brands like Nike, Devereux Golf, Rhoback, Under Armour, Malbon Golf and more.

Some of these items are part of larger collections, and some are independent but must-own items.

If you’re interested in our other Masters-themed lists we released in the last few weeks, these are worth a look: Masters-themed equipment | 10 pairs of Masters-themed shoes | Rhoback’s “Azalea” collection

Now, let’s take a look at 10 of our favorite Masters-themed apparel items.

Rhoback The Leaderboard PoloRhoback The Leaderboard Polo
Rhoback The Leaderboard Polo (Rhoback)

Price: $96

Rhoback released its extensive “Azalea” collection ahead of the year’s first major championship. Shop the entire lineup here.

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On a cold afternoon, as I entered the female political ward in Evin prison, something very familiar caught my eyes; an old grey industrial sewing machine on a wooden stand, right by the entrance, resting quietly with its flap tilted over. Next to it, there was a sign on the wall: “The hours to use the sewing machine are between 10 to 12am every Sunday and Wednesday. Please ensure any garments are washed before handing them over to Fatemeh for mending.”

I had been a political pawn between Iran and the UK for six years, during which I spent time between solitary confinement, prison and under house arrest. During the first nine months of my detention, I was kept in a cell with no fresh air or natural light. Once I entered the cell, they made me remove all my clothing and put on a uniform. It was compulsory as everyone had to look the same.

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The uniform in dull pink consisted of a manteau – a long-sleeve gown with buttons in the front – and baggy trousers made of polyester. The fabric didn’t allow skin to breathe, so you felt hot and sweaty in the summer and cold in the winter. I am small, but they gave me a double extra-large size outfit. It was deliberately huge and ill-fitting; I had to roll up the sleeves and wrap the waist around my body to stop the trousers from falling down. To make it worse, they only gave me one set. I felt disgusted wearing the same clothes after showering.

Identical uniforms in prisons are used as a tool to enforce discipline and impose power. The idea behind giving every inmate an oversize, cheap uniform in deliberately dull colours is to dehumanise them. The moment you put the uniform

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A view of the solo exhibition of artist and entrepreneur Nahida Sharmin under way at the Safiuddin Shilpalay at Dhanmondi in the capital. — New Age photo

Artist and entrepreneur Nahida Sharmin has depicted the beauty of nature in paintings and art wears in her solo exhibition under way at the Safiuddin Shilpalay at Dhanmondi in the capital.

The 17-day exhibition titled ‘Tulite-Suchite- Rang Madhurje: Nandita Poshake Mete Uthi Utshaber Anande’ is featuring acrylic paintings, art wears, home decors, handbags and others.

The paintings, displayed under the title ‘Beauty of Nature’, depict flowers of six seasons.

Nahida Sharmin said that she was very much interested in floral motifs and most of the displayed works contain floral patterns.

‘The six seasons in our country have different and unique features and each season adds new colour to nature and our everyday life,’ said Nahida Sharmin.

Nahida added that she tried to depict different colours in nature in her paintings as nature and colours of different seasons inspired her very much.

The displayed art wears for women and men include saree, salwar kameez, three piece, punjabi, fatua and others.

‘Nature, art and clothes are essential in our life. I have tried to combine them. A piece of cloth is a canvas for me and I work on it,’ said Nahida Sharmin, who has displayed different types of sarees.

Muslin, silk and half-silk sarees containing floral patterns depicting seasonal flowers, including shimul, kadam, rose and others have been displayed at the exhibition.

‘I organised this exhibition to promote my works among people ahead of Eid. The prices of the sarees range from Tk 3,000 to Tk 25,000,’ mentioned Nahida Sharmin.

Besides, home decor items, including cushion covers, table runners, tissue box covers and others with floral motifs are also on display at the exhibition.

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  • Some asoebi ladies wore stylish corset dresses that were tight on them and made it difficult for them to sit properly
  • They combined their outfits with accessories of necklaces and bangles and rocked beautiful lace wigs
  • In a video, they complained of discomfort as they tried to get out of a car to grace the wedding event

A lady (@abiimez on TikTok) shared how she and her fellow asoebi ladies struggled in their beautiful attire as they attended a wedding.

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Asoebi ladies express discomfort in tight corset dresses. Image credit: @abiimez
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In a video, the ladies wore purple corset dresses made with purple fabric. They rocked stylish lace wig frontal hairstyles and accessories that made them look gorgeous.

The outfits caused them great discomfort as they could not sit properly or stand up successfully without a hassle.

Several netizens wondered why they chose to wear such tight corsets, while others simply laughed at them.

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See the TikTok video of the asoebi ladies in their tight corset dresses below:

Reactions trail the asoebi ladies’ outfits

Check out some of the comments that trailed the asoebi ladies’ attire below:


“When we make the corset short so you can sit properly, una go still complain say e no dey pack the fupa well. So enjoy the effect of the long corset.”


“Looking ridiculous in the name of fashion trend.”


“This is the real definition of E Choke.”


“The lady on the passenger seat by the driver’s side is saying,

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Good morning and welcome to Saturday. Ko te ra tenei i hanga e te Ariki. Ka koa tatou, ka koa hoki ki reira.

MetService is forecasting a cloudy day with rain, possibly heavy and thundery, easing to a few showers in the evening. Westerlies developing in the morning.

It’s a one-layer clothing day with an expected high of 19 degrees, and an overnight low of 14 degrees. Low tide is at 10.43am and high tide is at 4.46pm. Sunset is at 5.42pm.

What’s on today?

Hundreds of original artworks by local artists are on display. Photo: Supplied.

The Tauranga Society of Artists Original Art Expo is being held at the Tauranga Boy’s College Gymnasium, on Saturday and Sunday, April 20-21. Entry is free to see over 500 original artworks, cards, and prints, plus tiny art by local artists.

Every day, you’ll get a chance to see and interact with artists with their live art demonstrations. Come and vote for your favourite painting for the People’s Choice Award.

Opus Orchestra

It’s Concert Storytime with Opus Orchestra at Pāpāmoa Library, today, Saturday April 20, form 2pm – 2.30pm. Entry is free. Opus Orchestra Storytime is designed with the littlest music enthusiasts and their families in mind.

Concert Storytime with Opus Orchestra. Photo: Supplied.

This concert is a journey filled with interactive elements like sing-alongs, movements, and an introduction to live music in a fun and tamariki-friendly atmosphere! Click here for more information

Whakaue Marae, Maketu. Photo: Supplied.

Maketu Community Day

Head along to Whakaue Marae, Maketu for the Maketu Community Day from 10am – 2pm. Bring the whole whānau for a day of fun and learning about adapting to climate change and environmental initiatives in our rohe. There will be activities for everyone, including bouncy castles for the kids, games for kids

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Antiques Roadshow guest refuses to give painting back to owner after staggering valuation

The woman appeared on Antiques Roadshow with no idea how much the Earl Moran painting was worth

An Antiques Roadshow guest refused to return a painting she had been given by her mother after realising what it was worth.

The woman appeared on the show with an Earl Moran painting, having no idea just how much the iconic piece was worth.

The show, which was filmed in Idaho, saw antiques expert Colleene Fesko examining the Earl Moran pin-up girl painting.

The owner explained that the piece of art had spent over a decade in her mother’s house, after she bought it for around $200 (£157).

The guest explained she had had her eye on the painting ever since it arrived at her mum’s and after recently remodelling her home, her mum ‘finally’ let her have it for her own house.

“As much as I can remember, it spent 10 to 15 years at my mum’s house,” she told Colleene.

“She bought it at an estate sale and she paid I think around $200 for it.

“I’ve just remodelled my house and I made it all 1950s. I kept telling my mum, ‘So can I have the picture now?’ So finally she gave it to me.”

Examining the painting, Colleene explained that it was during the mid 1950s that Moran found ‘fame and fortune’ with his artwork, specifically in Los Angeles where his work focussed on pin-ups.

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Colleene explained: “This was probably done as an advertisement for a car company or even a sporting company because you also have the sailboat and the motorboat but its real appeal is in being a pin-up.”

The guest confessed she had never had the painting valued, adding: “I have

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Last summer, I paid a visit to the Lakewood home of dentist and Renaissance man John Zotos and his wife, Raquel. They have an excellent collection of works by North Texas artists from what I would describe as Dallas’ golden period—about 1997 to 2012—complemented by works from farther afield. He had two early paintings by Raychael Stine from her 2007 debut solo show at Road Agent, a short-lived (but exceptional) Dallas gallery owned by my then wife, Christina Rees. I hadn’t seen the paintings by my long-lost friend since that show. They blew me away.

So it was with great joy that I went to see the opening of her current exhibition at Cris Worley Fine Arts, on view through May 4, a gallery with which I’ve had a working relationship for several years. And now, this Saturday, April 20, Raychael will return to Dallas, the city that launched her career, where we will reunite in an artist’s talk about her current show and an opportunity for all to ponder whether I’m right in saying this exhibition is Raychael’s finest yet and a time portal back to that golden period in the city.

Her newest paintings are wonderfully sumptuous, exuberant, and emotional. Neither expressly abstract nor figurative, they can appear simultaneously like invented interiors, landscapes, and figures. Vivid and alive, the paintings thrum with energy bursting forward as if they’re in motion; the diaphanous color and the large gestures feel musically expressive, as if at times you’re almost seeing sounds. They’re complex without being fiddly and have a supreme emotional joy that makes viewers feel as if they’re painting along with her.

There are worlds within worlds. The paintings are packed with eclectic influences: from other painters, from the natural and unnatural worlds, but never worn heavily as self-conscious

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