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These Leather Messenger Bags Are Perfect for Toting Your Essentials in Style

  • October 31, 2022

A messenger bag is one of the most versatile options when it comes to carrying your daily essentials and is a great choice for anyone who wants to branch out from toting around their trusty backpack. While some messenger bags can feel a bit too casual for an office or after-work event, there’s one material that immediately dresses up their aesthetic: leather.

Leather is as hard-wearing as it is good-looking and is a great choice for an item you plan to use almost every day. Commuting looks different for everybody, and some may need more storage than others, so we’ve gathered a variety of leather messengers to suit the needs of anyone looking to upgrade their go-to bag.

The Best Leather Messenger Bags

What to Consider

Type of Leather

Leather is something we’re all used to seeing in bags, shoes, and jackets, but the sourcing and processes that leather goes through greatly differs from type to type. “Full-grain” describes leather made from the entire top part of the hide and includes all the material’s natural texture and fibers, giving it a unique finish; it is the most durable and highest-grade leather available, though it comes at a higher cost than other types.

The most common material used by leather goods brands is top-grain leather: This is leather that’s been split off the top of the hide and sanded down, making it smoother but also a bit less durable. Top-grain leather is widely available and easier to work with for manufacturers, so products made from this type are more affordable.

All the bags listed are top-grain except for the ones where we’ve specified that full-grain leather has been used.

Size

Base the size of your bag off what you plan to carry. Some people like

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Chippewas partner with London agency to teach job skills, build homes

  • October 31, 2022

Affordable housing built by the community, for the community is the concept behind a new project underway at Chippewas of the Thames First Nation, about 30 kilometres southwest of London.

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Affordable housing built by the community, for the community is the concept behind a new project underway at Chippewas of the Thames First Nation, about 30 kilometres southwest of London.

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The First Nation and Pathways Employment Help Centre, a London employment agency, are tackling the First Nation’s housing shortage and developing capacity with a new program that teaches college-level construction skills while building “micro-homes” for individuals in the community.

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1924 Colonial-Style Home Boasts Preserved Historic, Artistic Details

  • October 30, 2022

ST. PETE, FL — This 1924 Colonial style home is situated on a corner lot with off-street parking in the historic Crescent Lake neighborhood.

Lots of its character has been preserved in gleaming hardwood floors, solid wood doors with crystal knobs and many other historical and artistic architectural details. As you walk through the front door, you will fall in love with the details of a house of this era from a formal living room with the original fireplace, hardwood floors, large baseboards and crown moldings to a formal dining room, and a large kitchen with a space for a nook or breakfast table.

Check out images of this historic property.

  • Address: 763 16 Th Avenue N, St Petersburg, FL
  • Price: $1,395,000
  • Square feet: 2,742
  • Bedrooms: 6
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Listed by: Boguslaw Mistak, Pristine Bay Realty & Rentals
  • Listing Description: The property boasts 5 bedrooms and 2.5 baths in the primary house and a 1 bed/1 bath fully updated in-law suite in the back.
  • Double 1/3 of an acre corner lot not only offers large back yard but also plenty of room for a boat or an RV.
  • Mature landscaping and affordable irrigation with well water.
  • Storage shed for garden tools or back yard toys.
  • Family room that overlooks a beautiful deck in the back and built in jacuzzi.
  • Upstairs are 3 bright bedrooms with hardwood floors and crown moldings.
  • The backyard is an oasis with a huge deck and beautiful lawn that is perfect for entertaining or take a break on the porch swing.
  • Walking distance to Crescent Lake park, which includes tennis courts, walking/running trails, dog park, playground, pickleball and the serenity of the beautiful lake.
  • Just minutes to vibrant downtown St. Pete with museums, restaurants, shopping, galleries, sporting events and the new pier.
  • This home does not
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New home in Altoona’s Spring Creek Ridge North neighborhood listed for $629,000

  • October 30, 2022

1238 30th St. SE, Altoona

Enjoy being the first to live in this brand-new house by Eagle Homes, featuring five bedrooms and more than 3,000 square feet of living space on a lot with a view of the pond in Altoona’s Spring Creek Ridge North neighborhood.

With 9-foot ceilings throughout the main and lower levels, you’ll feel the spaciousness of this modern design with practicality in mind. The open concept kitchen, dining area and living room feature a clean look with details that will impress. The large Anderson windows show off the view of the pond from the living area.

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This new house by Eagle Homes features five bedrooms and more than 3,000 square feet of living space with a view of the pond in Altoona’s Spring Creek Ridge North neighborhood.

This new house by Eagle Homes features five bedrooms and more than 3,000 square feet of living space with a view of the pond in Altoona’s Spring Creek Ridge North neighborhood.

The kitchen features quartz countertops, under-cabinet lighting and a walk-in hidden pantry with a coffee nook. Find extra seating at the island with a wide sink. In the living room, the fireplace with built-in shelves flanking it makes an ideal focal point.

Three bedrooms can be found on the main level, including a master suite. Relax in the Schluter systems tiled shower or soaker tub and keep everything in its place in the large walk-in closet with access to the laundry room.

More: Adel home boasts 3,700 square feet, listed for $750,000

The finished lower level features two more bedrooms and ample living space, which you may still be able to customize. Sliders add access to a patio and the backyard. You can also enjoy the view from the 12-by-12-foot covered composite deck. The home also features

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Bring in Spring with Thuli Madonsela at the Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden

  • October 29, 2022

The Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden starts Spring with an exciting cleansing experience this September.

Johannesburg – The Spring season is here and if there’s one thing most people can agree on, is that Spring is one of the most favorable season of the year. Spring brings warm weather; blossoming flowers and fresh green leaves, but one of the best benefits of Spring would probably be the outdoor activities.

Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden entrance / Supplied: Expedia

After a long period of COVID-19, more South Africans are looking to spend time outdoors and this could be the perfect opportunity.

A relaxing area at the Walter Sisulu botanical gardens
A relaxing area at the Walter Sisulu botanical gardens

A relaxing area at the Walter Sisulu botanical gardens. Picture: Supplied

The Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden will be welcoming the warm weather and fresh and colorful flowers with a celebration. On the 18 September 2022, at 6am, Makhosi Vulamasango of the Credo Mutwa Cultural Village and daughter of the late Credo Mutwa, will be welcoming the sunrise with an incantation – a ritual to cleanse the area. Former public protector and current Stellenbosch law professor Thuli Madonsela is expected to make a special appearance.

The daughter of the late Credo Mutwa.
The daughter of the late Credo Mutwa.

Makhosi Vulamasango, daughter of the late Credo Mutwa. Picture: Supplied

The sun is the source of all life on Earth. We look forward to the long, lovely summer months. The Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden opens every morning at 6am so that visitors can enjoy the full richness our garden
offers, including our breath-taking hiking trail and the beautiful, landscaped spaces.

Xolelwa Mokoena – Garden curator

A relaxing spot at the JHB Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens
A relaxing spot at the JHB Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens

The Johannesburg Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden offers relaxing spaces to sit and enjoy nature with a loved one or by yourself. Picture: Supplied

Attendees will have various activities to

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Kung Fu stunt coordinator and star on Nicky Shen’s fighting style and new character Bo

  • October 29, 2022

Kung Fu delivers high-octane action on a weekly basis.

At its core, Kung Fu is the story of Nicky Shen (Olivia Liang) as she comes back home to California to avenge her shifu and reunite with her family, which is the heart of Kung Fu’s winning combo of action and story. “We always start with a couple of meetings that get into the tone, feel, structure of the scene and the story we are trying to tell,” student coordinator Andrew Chin says of the process of designing fight scenes. From there, there are a lot of factors to take into account.

For one, Nicky isn’t a vigilante, so Liang focuses on the reason she’s fighting and the emotion behind it. “It has to be rooted in some kind of reason, and not fighting for the sake of fighting,” she explains.

Kung Fu -- “Shifu” -- Image Number: KF301a_02

Kung Fu — “Shifu” — Image Number: KF301a_02

Bettina Strauss/The CW Olivia Liang on ‘Kung Fu’

The show’s different characters’ fighting styles not only come from where and how they trained, but also who they are. Nicky, for example, came back home from a Shaolin Temple, so her specific Kung Fu style is one Chin describes as “regal” and she always carries the principles taught at the temple with her. Comparing her to other characters, you can see how Henry’s (Eddie Liu) street smarts have translated to him having a mix of styles, and Zhilan’s (Yvonne Chapman) training as an assassin results in a more lethal approach even though it’s also Kung Fu. In terms of Nicky’s romance with Henry, that also impacts how she fights. “[Nicky] and Henry have been training together, so she absorbs as much of that as possible, but still keeps her Shaolin principles and fights honorably,” Chin says about how Nicky’s style has evolved.

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Fisker Picks Wallbox As Global Partner For Home EV Charging Solutions

  • October 29, 2022
  • Fisker Inc (NYSE: FSR) has named electric vehicle and energy management solutions provider Wallbox NV (NYSE: WBX) as its wallbox-partner-globally-for-home-ev-charging-solutions?utm_campaign=partner_feed&utm_source=yahooFinance&utm_medium=partner_feed&utm_content=site” data-ylk=”slk:global partner for home EV charging “global partner for home EV charging solutions.

  • The partnership will offer Fisker EV owners Wallbox home EV chargers for purchase through the Fisker website in the U.S., Canada, and European launch markets.

  • The Pulsar Plus, Wallbox’s best-selling EV charger, will be available to the North American market through Fisker.

  • In Europe, Fisker will offer Wallbox’s Pulsar Max charger.

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  • Both chargers can be installed in homes, offices, and multi-unit dwellings.

  • “Fisker is laser-focused on giving our customers simple and intuitive technology combined with clever design to make owning an EV easier,” said Chairman and CEO Henrik Fisker.

  • Price Action: FSR shares are trading lower by 1.34% at $8.53 on the last check Tuesday.

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Food influencer whips up delicious meal for double-date dinner at home

  • October 28, 2022

On this episode of In The Know Eats: Dinner Party, food influencer Skyler Bouchard Oppenheim (@diningwithskyler) welcomes us into her Philadelphia, Pennsylvania home as she prepares an “Italian-American-European fusion” menu for an intimate dinner double date with her friends and husband, Sebastian.

Skyler shares that she gets meal inspiration from going to the market, and this particular visit inspired her to put together a cheese-board/” data-ylk=”slk:cheese board” class=”link “cheese board, a “crudités-style” cold broccolini and asparagus salad, and balsamic ribeye steaks.

After prepping the salad ahead of time, Skyler gets to work on the cheese board. The food influencer explains that she likes to mix different textures of cheeses when it comes to assembling a board. This cheese board includes a Gouda cheese from Holland, a Pennsylvania cheese called Bamboozle that’s “kind of like a mozzarella, but softer,” a cubed hard cheese, and a creamy Vermont cheese that becomes the centerpiece of the board. Skyler fills out the board with cured meats, bread, crackers, and various fillers like cornichon pickles, and olives.

On to the main course: the ribeye steaks. Skyler removes the steaks from their balsamic marinade and sprinkles some salt and pepper on them before throwing them on the grill. Once cooked, she lets the steaks rest for about 10 minutes to allow the juices to “redistribute,” and then cuts them into slices and pours some of the jus on top.

As soon as the guests arrive, it’s time to pour the wine! Skyler is a level 3 sommelier, so she knows her stuff. She pairs their meal with a Sonoma Chardonnay from Russian River Valley, California, and a Washington State Cabernet Sauvignon. “It’s my favorite region for [Cabernet] in the U.S.,” admits Skyler.

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Tineco CARPET ONE Wins Silver Award at the 2022 International Design Excellence Awards

  • October 28, 2022

The world’s first smart carpet cleaner received a Silver Award for innovative design and improved consumer experience

SEATTLE, Sept. 19, 2022 /CNW/ — Tineco, pioneer in the field of smart home appliances engineered to elevate modern lifestyles and consumer experience with advanced designs and innovative technology, has been awarded a 2022 IDEA Silver Award for the CARPET ONE and was an IDEA “featured finalist” for the FLOOR ONE S5 Combo.

Tineco CARPET ONE, FLOOR ONE S5 Combo

Tineco CARPET ONE, FLOOR ONE S5 Combo

Hosted by the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA), IDEA is one of the world’s top three design awards, alongside Germany’s iF Design Award and Red Dot Design Award. IDEA has been the leading design award in North America since 1980. Key criteria for evaluation includes Design Innovation, Benefit to User, Benefit to Society, and others.

The Tineco CARPET ONE, a smart carpet and upholstery cleaner available in North America and most European countries, took home a Silver award while the FLOOR ONE S5 Combo was a Finalist this year. “Everyone at Tineco was full of excitement about these awards! We all strive to create the best products we can for our customers and were so happy to see our hard work recognized by such a highly-respected organization as IDSA. It’s truly an honor,” said Patrick Ho, head of Industrial Design at Tineco.

CARPET ONE Smart Carpet Cleaner

CARPET ONE makes carpet cleaning easy as well as offering other key consumer benefits. Equipped with the brand’s proprietary iLOOP smart sensing technology, CARPET ONE detects indiscernible dirt embedded deep within carpet fibers and automatically applies the necessary suction power and water for cleaning. With up to 130 AW of suction power and HeatedWash technology, this multi-functional device ensures hygienic cleaning on short or normal-length carpets, runner rugs, and even carpeted stairs. Maneuvering

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Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden sees 4,500 visitors on Labor Day as summer nears its end

  • October 27, 2022

Gul Khairi and Ibrahim Safi and their daughters Somayah Safi, age 7, and Amanah Safi, age 11 months, celebrated Labor Day with a picnic at Bryan Park in Richmond, Va., Monday, September 5, 2022. The couple grilled barbecue kebab. Video by Alexa Welch Edlund/Times-Dispatch



With the summer coming to an end, thousands of people in the Richmond area spent Monday enjoying the outdoors and venues with friends and family for the Labor Day holiday.

“Today is park day,” said Erika Rivers as she, her husband, Keith, and 8-year-old daughter Keirra waited to enter the butterfly exhibit at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. “We started at Libby Hill Park, then went to lunch and, now, we’re here.”

Keith Rivers said the family chose to visit the garden Monday as it was offering free entry to visitors as part of the Genworth Free Community Day observance. He said they had visited before and were eager to see how things have changed in the butterfly exhibit since then.

“There’s a lot of flora,” he said as he took out his phone to show photos of flowers he had taken during their visit. “I don’t know what they are, but they’re pretty.”

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Elsewhere at the garden, longtime friends Cathy Thompson and Victor Pone were also trying to identify a blue flower that seemed to resemble a daisy. They sought out someone on staff who could tell them.

Speaking to a news reporter instead, they talked about how they both hadn’t visited the botanical garden in many years, but thought it would make for a nice holiday outing and an opportunity to find inspiration for their respective gardens at home.

“I love the outdoors,” said Pone, who has a large garden and pond in his backyard with approximately 300

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