Don't know your TFSA from your RRSP? Confused about whether you should save or pay back your debt? Trying to save for the future but feel like you never have anything left over after your bills, bills, bills?
Us too. Which is why we turned to finance expert and Amex spokesperson Rubina Ahmed-Haq for a little personal finance question-and-answer session.
Kate, Wills and Harry were all together for a public engagement today, and well, the press pack who covers the royal family were not impressed.
The trio were out and about in London today (Kate in a new Erdem dress, FYI) to lend support to the HeadsTogether campagin, a mental health advocacy cause they've had a history of championing together.
On this occasion, however, none of the Windsor crew bothered to acknowledge the group of journalists who make a profession out of covering them, causing The Daily Express's royal reporter, Richard Palmer, to send this series of tweets:
My phone died just as William, Kate and Harry arrived at the ICA. William noticeably blanked us all from two feet away. Charming. 😂— Richard Palmer (@RoyalReporter) January 17, 2017
The three royal leave and one cheeky photographer shouts: "Bye!" No reply. pic.twitter.com/JtNP4qstof— Richard Palmer (@RoyalReporter) January 17, 2017
The royal press pack has decided that part of having a national conversation about mental health should involve saying hello to people.— Richard Palmer (@RoyalReporter) January 17, 2017
And welcome to 2017, turmeric. We've heard so much about you.
The vivid spice, which is thousands of years old and a staple in curry dishes, is having a moment in the coffee space. At Toronto's adorable and health-minded nutbar cafe—which is less than a month old—turmeric lattes are as delicious as they are beautiful. But do they benefit your bod? Nutbar founder Kate Taylor Martin says yes.
"As a health-focused cafe, we were drawn to incorporating turmeric into our menu because of its powerful nutritional properties," she says. "It's one of the most potent anti-inflammatories on the planet." Taylor Martin is also a registered holistic nutritionist, hence the impressively healthy menu, which spans kelp noodle bowls to power balls and moringa-laced smoothies. Nutbar's turmeric latte costs $6 and contains black pepper (which helps with turmeric absorption), cinnamon, vanilla, nutbar nutmilk and raw honey.
But how does it taste? When I visited the adorable cafe a few days before Christmas, I took a trepidatious sip of my friend's Laura's nutty drink, expecting an unknown overpowering bouquet. But I was delighted—it was vibrant and creamy, and paired extremely well with the housemade "nutbar nutmilk", a custom blend of organic cashew, almond and coconut milks. Laura described it as "a more densely flavoured chai latte."
"The customer response has been incredible," says Taylor Martin, who names the dense spicy drink as one of her top sellers. And we're sure it has nothing to do with how the mustard hue pairs with the cafe's gorgeous, spice-splattered paper cups. Latte art fanatics, gird your loins.
Kerry Washington, Georgina Chapman and Naomi Campbell at the Weinstein Company and Netflix Golden Globe Party. Image by: Getty
We hit up the Netflix/Weinstein company party for a front-row seat to celebs in their natural elements.
Security is high but not really. Checking in required ID in order to secure the paper ticket for the event. But entering the party was breezy: a flash of the ticket granted us access, and once inside, the suits were either very discreet or not actually present.
The after-parties are a two-second walk from the actual venue at the Beverly Hilton Hotel – but of course there is a very chic shuttle that ferries posh party-goers. It's so close that the screams from fans lining the red carpet are easily heard – as if they're in the backyard. It's excitement and joy, in stereo.
If you think everyone is hotter in real life, you're wrong. Many of the celebs we saw up close were beautiful – but no one left us truly stunned. Except for Kerry Washington. Her beauty truly is a special effect.
It's worth noting that despite Hollywood's fear of gluten, they serve refined carbs! Brioche dinner rolls, truffle grilled cheese sandwiches and hand-pressed gnocchi were on hand and available from 4 p.m until the party's end, around 2 a.m. Note: because everyone could be a somebody, you receive superb service from everyone – whether they're passing around sandwiches or serving you a nitrogen-infused cocktail. In fact, serving alcohol is an art. There were Moët vending machines and Lindt/Grey Goose cocktails that looked like chem class experiments.
Fighting frizz, or losing the battle with the bobby pin dam in the back of your head? No need to bring your hairdresser everywhere you go. Stroll on up to any of the beauty touch up booths, like the Moroccanoil suite, which offered everything from massages with glitter oil to blowout refreshes and style tweaks.
Also cool: the washroom suites are fashioned out of fancy trailers. Because the event was built on a mud pit that some party planner said "felt like a greenhouse during the day,” there were no available facilities so things like toilets had to be transported to the event.
There are SO many after parties, and celebs tend to go all out. Apparently, the first hour of the party is the "golden hour" when the buzz from the awards show hasn't worn off – and it peters out from there. Some celebs are contractually obliged to appear at these events, even if it's just to have their photo taken and say a few hellos. Some cut through in less than an hour (Kerry Washington); others stayed until the wee, wee hours (Cuba Gooding Jr.).
The takeaway? Life is better when you are a celebrity.