New York (CNN Business) Retailers have already signaled big sales are coming for the holidays — with one major, sparkly exception. Stores are looking to offload overstocks of clothes, shoes, toys, gadgets and furniture. But jewelry might evade all that deep discounting. That's because holiday jewelry sales have been on fire over the last two years. On an annual basis they surged 32% in 2021 and 26.2% in 2020, according to MasterCard's SpendingPulse report that tracks retail spending from Nov. 1 to Dec. 24 , the peak period for year-end gift shopping each year. "Jewelry is in good shape heading into this holiday season," said Marshal Cohen, chief retail industry adviser with NPD Group. He expects consumers will gravitate to bling because they perceive it to be a "good investment gift, so spending limits by consumers will feel better spent on jewelry." Fine jewelry like diamond studs and necklaces — and maybe even an engagement ring — have … [Read more...] about Expect big holiday sales on everything but the bling
Photo-Illustration: by Intelligencer; Photo by Cathrine White Chris Cuomo is attempting a comeback — or at least, he’s “moving forward,” as he tells Kara Swisher in this episode of our new podcast , On With Kara Swisher . Just a couple years ago, the former CNN anchor was hosting chummy (and extremely popular) segments interviewing his brother, then New York governor Andrew Cuomo , on a network run by his friend, then CNN chief Jeff Zucker . These days, he’s taping his own podcast, The Chris Cuomo Project , from his dining room while gearing up for a new cable show on a far smaller network, NewsNation — and seeking $125 million in damages from his former employer. Cuomo was unceremoniously dismissed from CNN late last year after a multi-month saga that centered around the relationship between the anchor and his brother. First there was the governor’s downplaying of nursing-home deaths , which by June 2020 led CNN to reinstate a ban on the brotherly … [Read more...] about Chris Cuomo Wants to Move Forward. Can He?
FEMA administrator Brock Long defended a series of tweets from President Trump blasting San Juan’s mayor for criticizing the relief efforts following Hurricane Maria. In an interview on CNN, Long suggested that Carmen Yulin Cruz, the mayor of Puerto Rico’s capital city, has failed to connect with a command center FEMA set up on the island to help with the relief effort. “The problem that we have with the mayor unfortunately is that unity of command is ultimately what’s needed to be successful in this response,” Long told CNN’s Fredricka Whitfield. “What we need is for the mayor, the good mayor, to make her way to the joint field office and get plugged into what’s going on and be successful,” he continued, adding that, “I think that’s the bottom line on that tweet.” Earlier in the day, Trump blasted Cruz over what he apparently saw as criticism over his response to the Category 4 hurricane, which hit Puerto Rico on Sept. 20. The storm destroyed much of Puerto Rico’s power grid … [Read more...] about FEMA Chief Defends Trump Tweets, Dings San Juan Mayor [VIDEO]
There’s an oft-repeated observation that Brad Pitt is a character actor trapped in a leading man’s body, an assessment that the man himself seems to have embodied throughout a long career of seeking out subversive, offbeat roles . Pitt’s personal style, too, reflects the internal quirkiness obscured by his conventionally angelic looks, and his wardrobe choices for the Bullet Train press tour are putting this quality front and center. Pitt has come a long, adorable way since he famously wore blue jeans, white shirt, and white stetson to seduce Geena Davis in Thelma & Louise . All of Pitt’s looks for the Bullet Train press tour are the work of Haans Nicholas Mott , a designer at the helm of an exclusive design house who also has a background in architecture and founded the New York-based label Anecho . The Daily Beast reached out to Mott for comment, but did not receive a response. “Architecture gives you a set of problem-solving skills,” Mott told T … [Read more...] about Brad Pitt Has Been Turning Heads in Skirts and Dresses for Years
If New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is elected the first female president of the United States, her first act will be to clean the Oval Office with bleach, she said at Wednesday’s Democratic presidential debate. Gillibrand was not seeking to reinforce gender stereotypes. Instead, like most Democrats on stage in Detroit, she was taking a shot at President Donald Trump. Gillibrand worked in her joke after being asked about her support for the Green New Deal, the multi-trillion-dollar plan by many estimates that progressives have proposed to address climate change and income inequality. “You’re a cosponsor of the Green New Deal, which includes the guarantee of a job with medical leave, paid vacations and retirement security for everyone in America. Explain how that’s realistic?” CNN moderator Dana Bash asked Gillibrand. “So, the first thing that I’m going to do when I’m president is I’m going to Clorox the Oval Office,” Gillibrand replied. WATCH: The Federalist’s Emily … [Read more...] about Kirsten Gillibrand: As First Female President, Initial Act Will Be To Bleach Oval Office
There has long been a notion that people cannot be both attractive and intelligent. The women below put this claim to rest. Beauty knows no political party. The following women hold views that vary wildly across the political spectrum, but one thing remains constant; they are gorgeous. This list is far from exhaustive, as there are many attractive people in media, but these pundits are particularly gorgeous and particularly prominent in the field. Below, you can vote for Fox News’ Ainsley Earhardt, Fox News’ Abby Huntsman, CNN’s Symone Sanders, NBC’s Megyn Kelly, Fox News’ Tomi Lahren, CBS’ Lara Logan, Fox News’ Kimberly Guilfoyle, and Fox News’ Eboni Williams. The world hasn’t seen this much talented beauty in one place since a Trump Miss Universe pageant. No, this is not a Mitt-Romney-inspired “binder full of women.” We just appreciate the beautiful things in life. May the most beautiful win. Did we miss a beauty? Comment your favorites. Follow Chris on … [Read more...] about VOTE: Which Political Pundit Is Best Looking?