The new fall wardrobe essential: Chic wide-leg pants (that are as comfortable as sweats)

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We’re still quarantining—so scram, skinny jeans. There are few things I’ve enjoyed more in my quarantine than swingy, comfy wide-leg pants that make me look wildly more put-together than I oftentimes feel. They seamlessly transition from mornings spent sipping espresso shots and attending virtual meetings to grabbing dinner to-go and taking walks in the park. And I couldn’t recommend the silhouette more highly for a season spent with more social distancing, working from home, and wanting to feel comfy while looking great. Here are six pairs the FC Recommender team is loving. Read Full Story

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Can’t seem to quit your sweatpants? These pants styles feel like sweats, but look put together

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I’ve scoured the market to find styles that are polished enough to wear to the office, but that feel like sweatpants. Okay, I have a confession to make. Wearing sweatpants over the last six months in quarantine has made me allergic to real pants. I recently tried on a pair of trousers, only to find them foreign, overly restrictive, and uncomfortable. This presents a problem as lockdowns begin to ease and I find myself occasionally heading out of the house. I’ve been scouring the market for pants that feel as comfortable as the leggings and sweats I’ve been living in, but that look put together to wear at slightly more formal occasions. Read Full Story

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The best slippers, slides, and shoes for lounging around the house

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The comfiest, coziest, most practical footwear for inside your house—and maybe occasionally outside too. We’re more than a month into the new norm of working from our kitchen tables and couches, trading button-downs for what basically count as daytime pajamas , and living in joggers and leggings . And there is one essential piece of quarantine uniform that is crucial for keeping feet warm and comfy whether you’re on the couch or taking a spin around the block: house shoes. House shoes are more than your average slipper. They’re comfy but never sloppy. And despite their name, house shoes can handle a quick trip to the backyard or a walk around the block. If you aren’t wearing house shoes yet—or you aren’t totally in love with the pair you have on right now (assuming—probably correctly—that you are at home)—we’ve got some suggestions for you. Read Full Story

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How I designed the ultimate Zoom-friendly home office

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A director at Facebook recently redid his remote work setup to include a DSLR camera, standing desk, and Samsung Frame TV. Here are his recommendations for an office that will make you look—and feel—good on Zoom. Like many of us, I’m spending a lot of time working from home (more than half my waking hours!). And I’m working with people whom I’ve never met in person and whose image of me is solely based on a rectangular representation in a Zoom window. Read Full Story

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These grown-up shorts will keep you comfortable and cool without looking like you’re at summer camp

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These 9 pairs of shorts are more stylish, comfy, and versatile than your old denim cutoffs. There comes a time in your adult life when a pair of cutoffs just isn’t going to cut it anymore. Not only are they the least sleek option when it comes to looks—but you have to admit that the butt-hugging seams and unforgiving non-stretch fabric aren’t even really comfortable. Fortunately, there are plenty of shorts out there for men and women that feel good and look grown-up that you can add to your summer wardrobe now. Read Full Story

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‘I feel devastated’: COVID-19 long-haulers fight for understanding from employers

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Those who have been struggling for months to recover from the disease face more than just medical uncertainty. Many are dealing with job loss or lack of accommodations from employers who don’t understand their prognosis. As New Jersey entered lockdown in March, Alexa was sent home from her job at a dental office. Like so many others, she rarely ventured out of the house in the following weeks, save for two grocery trips. “I was very nervous about it,” she says of the coronavirus. “Probably even a little more so because I work in the medical field.” Under normal circumstances, Alexa sang in a band by night, and while quarantined, she started sharing Facebook livestreams of herself singing. One evening, her mom mentioned she looked exhausted while singing and like she was having a hard time catching her breath. The next day, Alexa started showing symptoms of COVID-19. Read Full …

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Time Spent With Mobile Messaging Apps Is on the Rise

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US adults are spending more time with messaging apps on their mobile devices than ever before, and it doesn’t look like they will be slowing down any time soon. This is per new data from Insider Intelligence (formerly Business Insider Intelligence and eMarketer). In the past few years, time spent with mobile messaging apps has… Read More » The post Time Spent With Mobile Messaging Apps Is on the Rise appeared first on Marketing Charts .

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The Best VoIP Phone Services (In-Depth Review)

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Disclosure: This content is reader-supported, which means if you click on some of our links that we may earn a commission. The best VoIP phone services create exceptional customer experiences. And exceptional customer experiences work wonders for your bottom line. Imagine this: a potential customer calls the sales number listed on your website. Six states away, a personal cell phone rings. Your sales person picks it up, answers a few questions, and closes the sale. Within a matter of seconds, that potential customer turns into a paying customer rather than being transferred from employee to employee, wasting their time and testing their patience. With the right VoIP service, you can streamline and automate the customer journey, resulting in more money for less work. Furthermore, these services are easy to set up, easy to use, and most of the leg work happens behind the scenes. But choosing the right service feels …

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Feeling stressed? Vitruvi’s new diffusers let you bliss out on aromatherapy

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These stylish essential oil diffusers bring scent zen to your entire house. I’ve reached the point in self-mandated quarantine that I’ve begun to ask myself: how much would I pay to incorporate more zen into my life? Truth is, more than I’d like to admit. I succumbed to the heft of a weighted blanket . I embraced French terry as a way of life. I reached the pinnacle of desk light optimization . Read Full Story

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Marketing in Times of Uncertainty - Whiteboard Friday

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Posted by randfish Our work as marketers has transformed drastically in the space of a month. Today, we're grateful to welcome our good friend Rand to talk about a topic that's been on the forefront of our minds lately: how to do our jobs empathetically and effectively through one of the most difficult trials in modern memory. We hope you've got a cozy seat in your home office, a hot mug of coffee from your own kitchen Keurig, and your cat in your lap as you join us for this week's episode of Whiteboard Friday. Video Transcription Howdy, folks. I'm Rand Fishkin, founder of Moz and co-founder of Sparktoro. And I'm here today with a very special edition of Whiteboard Friday. I think that now is the right time to talk about marketing in uncertain epochs like the one we're living through. We obviously have a global crisis. It's very …

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How Big Is the Gender Gap Between Men and Women in SEO?

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Posted by NicoleDeLeon To anyone working in SEO, it’s fairly evident that this is a male-dominated industry. Although there are powerful women SEOs in the field (like Moz CEO Sarah Bird, for example), if you glance at a conference speaker lineup or peruse the bylines on search-related blogs, you’ll see that those who identify as female are few and far between. A recent list of the 140 most influential SEOs featured 104 men and just 36 women. So how big is the gender gap? And how does it translate to tangible things like pay and job titles? To find out, we mined the data from our State of SEO 2020 survey , which featured 652 SEOs in 51 countries. Here are some of the things we learned. But first, a mea culpa. If SEOs who identify as women have an uphill climb in this industry, there’s no doubt that female-identifying …

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