“Why Did I Get Married Too” Movie Review

‘Why Did I Get Married Too? ’ Review Tyler Perry is back with another spontaneous movie, ‘Why Did I Get Married Too? ’, the continuation from ‘Why Did I Get Married? ’ Filled with laughter, love, drama, and tears, Perry and the rest of the folks from the 1st movie reunite once again at a couple retreat to the Bahamas. Perry also plays a part in the movie, Terry, as a loyal and loving husband whose wife becomes very secretive from him. The drama begins once everyone arrives at the retreat. Patricia (Janet Jackson) is an expert on relationships, however, cannot seem to communicate with her own husband about their own relationship.

Movie review:  Eagle Eye 

Angela (Tasha Smith) and Marcus (Michael Jai White) are the same old couple who constantly argues because Angela accuses him of always cheating on her. The newlyweds, Sheila (Jill Scott) and Troy (Lamman Rucker), are happy to be there together, until they all discover that her ex is joining them also. As the movie continues, the drama just adds on. Sheila’s husband, Troy, worries about finding a job throughout their whole vacation time at the Bahamas. Diane, Terry’s wife, is very happy and glowing which leads him to suspect her of cheating on him.

Angela still accuses Marcus of cheating on her because of his job as a sportscaster and having a lot of female fans. Patricia and her husband have the most complicated issue, which eventually causes something tragic to happen. Perry uses all these type of problems, that can also happen in the real world, in the play as a way to tell everyone that they’re not the only ones facing them. Whether it is about money, difficulties finding a job, or even their relationship with someone. Don’t think there’s anything new going on in this 2nd movie, everything is still the same, especially the drama, just more dramatic.

The movie isn’t only serious, Perry makes it comedic to balance it all out. Being the writer and producer of Madea, Perry does an excellent job in both of the movies ‘Why Did I Get Married? ’ He makes it a comedy also, so the audience can still be entertained even if it’s a bit depressing. Anyone who disliked the movie needs to watch it again, because it obviously deserved to be in the Top 5 Box Office. The movie gave out great advices and lessons on relationships, and hoping that people realize what they have in front of them. Out of 10, this movie would be rated a 9.

A Review Of The Movie Lets Make Money Finance Essay

Synopsis

The movie we worked on is “Let’s make money” which was made in 2008. The movie analyses the various financial markets in various part of the world especially the developing countries. The movie setting cut across from Asia to Europe. At the beginning, the director films how an Mark Mobius, executive chairman of Templeton Asset Company maintains his office in Singapore as foreign companies pay low taxes (sometimes even no tax) which is how Singapore attracts investors to set up their companies here for talent pool in Singapore and developed infrastructure. Various emerging markets problems that were caused by their financial markets were mentioned.

Another movie review:  Eagle Eye 

The movie shows how the African suffers from the commodity price volatility changes to the Africa commodity market. The Africans cried in movie claiming that they are relatively poor even if they had worked hard to sell the cotton to the America. The land that produces the cotton is also depleting resulting in the decrease of cotton volume and lesser productions to sell. The result is due to the continuously of harvesting throughout the years in Africa for cotton. India facing other problems such as low earnings to support their living as their government does not put the social welfare in concern as compare to investors. The taxes they collected are given to the investors as grants. Liberalisation and privatization by the US were further elaborated by the several economists, including Hermann Scheer, member of German Bundestag. Several crises such as the crisis back in 1970 that the Washington has faced and the recent Spanish property bubble were explained by the financial analysts which the US have done to overcome the crisis where they do not have enough gold and created the market into a dollar market. The Spanish property bubble began as the share price of the dominant property firm, Astroc fell, causing many firms failure as well. Many vacant properties were built as capital investment though it plunged in 2008 and no regulation has been reprimand which several consequences of the property bubble were mentioned. We also can get to know the scary truth from Mr. John Perkins who is a former economic hit man further explains why the World Bank had arrange loans for the developing country and behind this transaction; there is a main purpose which is hides behind. He claims that he had helped US companies to obtain natural resources relatively cheap from the World Bank. World Bank will choose projects that benefit a few rich and powerful people in the country so that they will agree to the deal but not necessary benefit the general population. And when the population is unable to repay the loan, the World Bank will get them to agree to deliver their natural resources to repay their loans. This method usually works, but there are also world leaders do not want to accept huge loans such as Omar Torrijos of Panama which the US will use force to make them accept the deal by sending in assassins and troops.

The 3 verbatim would be “”the best time to buy is when there’s blood on the street” and I add to that saying “even if it’s your own” because usually there’s war, revolution, political problems, economic problems, prices of stock goes down and those people at bought at the bottom had made a lot of money.”, “The bank and our money is already a part of the cycle of the global money market. Increasing profits, sinking wages” and “Profits for a few individuals, Losses for everybody”

There are plenty of moral lesson to be learnt from this movie since it shows us quite a number of problems that have been caused from the financial market. We came to realise that people or even countries should never be exploited for the profit of certain individuals or even other countries. We learn the morale lesson that borrowing of money would makes one poorer but careful investment could makes one wealthy. We also learn that the purpose of the financial market is not to make us wealthy but it is to make us wiser.

We will rate the movie 7/10 because the movie shows the realistic of globalisation and the people affected by it. In our daily life, we are unaware of the impact that financial markets have induce into our social welfare. From this movie, investors and economists open up to us about the social welfare of certain countries that have been greatly affected by various markets and investment and it also explain to us how certain markets in various countries work as different countries have different operating style. Reason why we did not give 10/10 is because there are certain scenes in the movie that we are very uncertain in believing it and several things are not clearly explain and at the same time, certain portions of the explanation are not easy to be understand by general people as they used lots of business terms that some terms can only be understand by people who work in the business industries or financial market.

Asian Dollar Market

First the movie takes place in Singapore, and then move on to India financial markets, then to USA and many other countries. Now we will look at Singapore as an Asian Dollar market in the report. Singapore is successful in attracting foreign investors because Singapore government promotes the Asian Dollar market as a favourable geographic location time zone which also allows Singapore to trade with Hong Kong, Tokyo and etc. With Singapore high degree of political, economic and social stability and a sophisticated and sound banking system made Singapore an international financial market.

In 1970, Singapore government made a bold decision by introducing the market. Regulations were made in 1972, ACUs were free from obligation of the statutory liquidity requirements and 10% tax rate was granted on their income and obtained by a concession. And in 1983, all Asian Currency Unit (ACU) income derived from the syndicated offshore loans were exempted from tax and tax concessions were offered to attract professional fund managers to base their operations in Singapore. Also, offshore investment income of non-resident funds managed by ACUs was exempted from Singapore tax and the fund managers’ income is taxed at the concessionary 10% rate. The regulations made by the ADM are that bank operations in Singapore had their transaction records in Domestic Banking Unit and Asian Currency Unit. Asian Currency Units are primarily funded from interbank market while Domestic Banking Unit is retail deposits. Banks which want to operate Asian Currency Unit will need approval from MAS and this arrangement was designed in 1970s to promote foreign currency business in the Asian Dollar market and thus developed Singapore as a regional financial hub. Companies sold their securities because it is easily converted to cash. Overtime their cash inflows increased due to interest earned from the matured bonds.

However in 2008 economy crisis bought by the US which happens after the movie has shown, the Asian Dollar Market slowed down while trading in the foreign exchange market fell sharply. These changes plus the decline in fund management and stock broking activities led to the decline in financial services in Singapore.1 Singapore did not make any new regulations after the financial crisis happened after 2008. Instead, Singapore would only make after the global economic recovery. Mr Yoshihiro, the chairperson of the Finance and Economic Working group said this: “Financial regulation might kill the weak, fragile economic recovery. That’s what we are very afraid of.” 2 Thus, Singapore is scared that the economy would weaken if Singapore would to make anymore new regulations to the financial market. New regulations would probably make in the year 2011. 3

We think that the movie painted a realistic picture of how Singapore had attracted foreign investors. After the economic crisis, the fall of the US currency had weakened Singapore Asian dollar market since. However the rising of emerging market such as China and India made Singapore a favourable location for trading and investment for its favourable time zone and near location.

“Overall, financial developments in Singapore had only minor impact on the Asian Dollar Market.”4 show that the Asian dollar market had only little impact on Singapore financial market.

Capital Market

Emerging markets describe the process of activity of developing countries and many financial markets were involved with the emerging markets. In this market, their politic works according to the nation’s economic. The character in the movie acted as a role of a middleman in the emerging market to help investors invest their money in developing countries. Investors believe in investing money in these countries could help them make more money as emerging markets grow faster than developed markets and these markets are cheaper than developed markets. The factors they look into for investment are social and political system, openness, product markets, labour markets and capital markets. These factors are used to analyse before deciding whether a company should invest their money.

India is one of the emerging markets involved in several financial markets such as commodity, foreign exchange market and capital market. Capital market is important for India, where India, East India Company used to the dominance player in the Asia capital market providing money for long period when there’s a raise of short term funds in other markets. Its capital market is growing as more investor is investing in their market. India is getting more advanced compare to other emerging markets, because their capital market is recognized for being organized with their securities exchange and transactions.

Changes occur in capital market as more new regulations have been introduced due to the failure of the Lehman Brothers during September 2008, after the movie had been made. Various countries have their country authority to implement the rules. In the India capital market, the Securities and Exchange Board of India implement the regulations recently such as allow pricing the Qualified Institutional Placement (QIP) issues at two weeks closing prices instead of six months as they realise that many foreign investors invest their money via the QIP route.

In a capital market, it involves 3 types of players: investors, issuers and intermediaries. The players come from bankers, brokers, insurance executives to households. Household remains as the biggest category of players in the capital market and these individual investors invest for their different benefits such as saving for retirement or education for future children. Bankers and brokers being the intermediaries for investors, HSBC is one of the players as banker in capital market. It could be a company such as JR Morgan too. There are always changes in the players since the shares goes up and down, new players enter almost every day and we have some old players that exit the market everyday as well. Furthermore, due to the recent reform in capital market, this will attract more foreign players investing into insurance market where there will be an increase of insurance executives participating in the capital market.

Commodity Market

Africa is involved in the commodity market in the movie. Since commodities are goods that are on demand, naturally it will be affected at a certain point of time because of some factors such as change in consumers’ taste causes a decline in demand, movement of securities and etc. Cotton price slowly decline in the mid 1990s, the price of cotton falls significantly by 54%. It fell drastically in 1997; the drastic fall affected many families’ expenses and their child’s education.

One major factor is the overproduction due to the deregulation of US cotton markets.

In 1995, the cotton fell as US removed the supply management program, which increase the economic activity production level and decrease in global prices. Even after removing this program, United State (US) did not introduce any program in helping to balance the supply and demand. In fact, they increase the subsidies for the farmers where these subsidies are pay directly to the farmers for compensation. The subsidies pressurize farmers to continue over-producing so that, despite their high cost of cotton production leading to a massive expansion in production levels, which reduced global prices. Rules are imposed by the World Trade Organization in the commodity market in order to help both producer and exporters in business, and aid the government in strengthening social affairs by meeting their objectives. However in the commodity contract, US stated agreement that goes against the WTO objectives such as to prevent higher standards of living in Africa as this will affect US in getting goods at lower price and from becoming the largest exporter.

Africa’s commodity market, liberalization and protectionism are practiced by the US. Free trade allows traders to carry out activity without Africa’s government interference. The US government intervene the market by the restrictions of supply and adjustments of price. These include subsidies, tariffs which had mentioned earlier in which they take these interventions to benefit themselves. Often, these interventions comes together with protectionism, where doctrine states the policies to restrain the trade between the states using methods like imposing tariffs on imported goods.

The regulators are currently trying to put up new regulations to tighten the commodities regulation as they discovered many traders actually uses the unregulated Over-The-Counter trading method, especially traders in energy commodity market that specialize in natural gases, oil and etc. Thus since the movie was made till now, new regulations have not been imposed but regulators are still looking into it.

The movie paints a realistic picture of how the Africans suffer from the commodity market crisis. Even though with the aid of the EU (European Union) to reduce the impact of Africans crisis, they still suffered problems where low price of cotton is unable to support them properly such as living expenses.

Confessions of a Bookaholic: On Authors and Review Copies

So recently I got my first few review copies from authors. And although I was excited, one of the first things that struck me was: What if I hate this book?

I’m not saying here that receiving a free copy influenced any of my reviews at all. In fact, I told myself to be more truthful than usual (which, guys, is saying something since I try to tell the truth as much as possible) because I owed the truth not only to my readers but also to the author.

The thing is, though, I don’t like getting review copies from authors. Don’t get me wrong, I love the books themselves, but I don’t like the idea of having a personal relationship with an author before I even start their book. If I read something and really enjoy it, I love telling authors on Twitter. I love saying things like OMG YOUR BOOK WAS SO GOOD I COULDN’T GET ENOUGH OF IT I NEED THE SEQUEL SO SO SO BAD. But if I write a bad review, I never ever tell the author that I hated their book. I never tag them when I post the review on Twitter. Because it’s mean. It’s like bullying. And I hate it.

In the end, I was 100% truthful when I wrote those reviews. I didn’t sugar coat anything, and I wasn’t any more tactful than usual. But I didn’t enjoy writing the bad and the so-so reviews and then having to send it to the author and wave it in their face and say, Hey, I didn’t like your book. This is what was wrong with it and I think you need to correct this. It stung, even to me.

This is why I don’t like getting review copies from authors. And I will continue to receive these review copies and continue to read them and post truthful reviews. But what this experience has taught me is not to form relationships with authors before reading their book. That I should reply to their email saying that yes, I will read their book, and thank you. Nothing beyond that before I start. It’s painful both for me and the author when we’ve become acquaintances and I need to tell them that I hated their story. No matter how much an author understands that not everybody will love their work once they make it public, it will still hurt.

Is this just me, or has anyone else encountered this problem?

 

 

Loyalty vs. Transition

There is certainly nothing wrong with trying to better yourself with a new job. But first, carefully consider why it is, or may be, “better.” Is it because of compensation, advancement opportunity, a desire to change careers, the next step in your career planning or a combination of these factors. Regardless of why you may regard the change as “better,” here are some important considerations.

Loyalty

There is something to be said, actually many things, for staying with one employer for an extended period. Consider each one carefully. Favor. Often employees who have been with the company for many years receive preferred assignments, more opportunity for advancement and the associated compensation increases, additional fringe benefits (health insurance, life insurance, accelerated retirement benefits, vacation time, etc.) and possibly general favor with their superior/boss, often due to the rapport developed with him or her.

Stability. Job security is usually greater when you stay with one company for an extended period. This is particularly important if you have a family with several children. Moving to another geographical location, sometimes even out of the country, will impose both stress and at least temporary hardship on your entire family. These may include possible temporary loss of income, moving and relocation expenses, leaving friends and relatives, and making new friends. However, if you are single, or have a spouse and no children, you may still be flexible enough to make the transition; but this must be a joint decision between you and your spouse.

Resume. Frequent employment changes, especially if it is not a clearly planned career move, may not look good on your resume. Employers often look for the potential for company loyalty when hiring new employees. For example, cab driver to flight instructor to commuter airline to a national or international Part 121 carrier (Delta, American or United Airlines) are all clearly planned career moves. However, moving from one flight instructor position to a second and then to a third within a two or three year period will not give the desired impression to new employers.

Transition

Will moving from your present employment to your new employment be a smooth process? Will you be using skills developed with your present employer in your new employment? Does your new employer consider your present employer as a competitor, a supplier of required materials or supplies, or a non-consequential factor in their business? Each of these could have different consequences for both you and your new employer.

Competitor. Is your new employer trying to attain a competitive advantage by hiring you? If so, and if you regard this as legitimate, the move may be best for you and both companies. You are promoting your career and bettering yourself; the former employer is realizing that the transition to higher quality workers, and retaining quality employees, must be part of their business planning; and the new employer is learning about new sources of employees as their business is growing. Conversely, if hiring you is meant to tunish or put another company out of business, you have to decide if the new company really wants you or if they are using you as an ends to a

Conversely, if hiring you is meant to punish or put another company out of business, you have to decide if the new company really wants you or if they are using you as an ends to a means, and that means may not be completely legitimate, maybe not even in your best long-range interest.

Supplier or Non-Consequential Factor. Is there a motivation for your new employer to hire from one of their suppliers? The motivation may be very innocent or even non- consequential. However, do look at the situation from your new employer’s perspective. Additionally, consider the perspective of your present employer and how they may view you, and your work, if they are knowledgeable about your efforts toward seeking new employment.

Thank you for reading!

Eagle Eye Movie Review

Actors:

Shia LaBeouf
Michelle Monaghan Michelle Monaghan
Rosario Dawson Rosario Dawson
Michael Chiklis Michael Chiklis
Anthony Mackie Anthony Mackie
Ethan Embry Ethan Embry
Billy Bob Thornton Billy Bob Thornton

In my review of Blindness I wrote that if an award aspiring drama is released in September then chances are it isn’t very good. I think we can just say that if a movie is released in September nowadays chances are it isn’t very good, regardless of genre. Sure the Bourne Ultimatum came out in August (another dead movie month) last year and was fantastic. But that film was the exception to the rule.

 How to write Movie Review?

Eagle Eye is the latest over-hyped action movie geared towards the 12-18 male demographic. It stars Shia LaBeouf, who has come out of nowhere in the last two years to become one of Hollywood’s biggest stars.
I have never liked Shia as an actor because his characters always seem so corny and phony. There is never any emotional depth to his characters and he is becoming quickly typecast as the unassuming hero, similar to what Michael J. Fox was doing in the 80’s except with more charisma and believability.
And speaking of believability, a lot of people are going to have issues with the events of this movie. I am always willing and able to suspend my disbelief in the name of entertainment, but that suspension can only go so far. From the opening scene in Eagle Eye to the very last nothing that happens has any sense of realism. Granted, this makes for some entertaining action scenes but in my opinion actions scenes are only effective if they involve interesting characters taking part in important and credible affairs. The plot of this movie is simply implausible and the audience will be rolling their eyes throughout the movie.
Shia plays Jerry Shaw, a young underachiever who lives on his own and who has just found out that his twin brother has died. Then, without explanation, he comes home to find boxes and crates of ammo and bomb materials in his apartment. The very same night, he receives a call from a female voice telling him he has been “activated” and that he needs to follow her directions. Michelle Monaghan plays a single mother who receives a similar call around the same time. Eventually they meet and slowly figure out they are pawns being used in something larger than they can’t understand at the moment.
I won’t tell you who the antagonist is, but when the movie is over you will wonder why everything that happened needed to happen at all. Not that there is any possibility it could have gone through all that to begin with. The one positive that I take from Eagle Eye is that Shia is slowly becoming a better and more adult actor. Hopefully he will sign on for a script not geared towards high-schoolers, and we’ll be able to see what he is capable of.
On a final note I must say that I was very displeased with the fate of Shia’s character. Can screenwriters and filmmakers please try to be a little bolder?

 

Rating: 2 / 5 stars

Cooking for the Vegetarian (or Vegan) in Your Life Just Got Easier 2

Just about every cuisine and type of dish is featured, and the full range of meats, alternative proteins, grains, and vegetables are covered. I have prepared several dishes already, including Kung Pao Chicken or Tofu; Stuffed Chicken Breasts and Portobello Mushrooms; and the delicious Moroccan Vegetables, Fish, and Couscous En Papillote. I look forward to making my way through many more.
One of my absolute favorites in the book is among the simplest (and so flavorful); I’ve made it many times already. Lazy Spanish Rice-which appears in Ivy’s Rizo Quesadillas with Creamy Avocado Dip and Lazy Spanish Rice recipe-is the perfect accompaniment to any Mexican main dish, though I also love to eat a bowlful as an entrée with a salad or quesadilla on the side. Its prepared in a rice cooker or on the stovetop, takes only about 20 minutes, and is colorful, filling, and tasty (and can easily be made vegan).
Every guest at your table is sure to enjoy it, as I am positive they will the other eighty recipes Ivy serves up in The Adaptable Feast.
LAZY SPANISH RICE
Serves 4 as a side dish
This easy side dish is cooked with pantry staples in a rice cooker, so it is as easy as flipping a switch. The secret is a good-quality salsa and a slightly spicy chipotle bouillon cube, available at some grocery stores and Latin markets. You can use canned chipotle chiles instead if you can’t find the chipotle cubes.
1-1/2 cups long-grain white or brown rice
5 tablespoons mild or medium salsa
1 Knorr chipotle bouillon cube, crumbled,
or 2 teaspoons chopped canned chipotle chiles
2-3/4 cups water
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons sliced black olives
2 green onions, chopped
Combine the rice, salsa, bouillon cube, water, and butter in a rice cooker. Cook until the rice is tender. Fluff with a fork and fold in the olives and green onions.
Vegan Variation: Use olive oil instead of butter.

Cooking for the Vegetarian (or Vegan) in Your Life Just Got Easier

I grew up in a household not unlike millions of others: one of a mixed-diet family. My mother cooked well-balanced meals with meat and vegetables nearly every evening, and my parents, sister, and I all ate together at the dinner table. However, by the time we were in our teens, my sister developed a dairy allergy and made the choice to be a vegetarian. This required my mother to prepare a larger portion of a main meat dish for three of us to eat while making an individual portion of more vegetables, tofu, or grains to feed my sister. It was a difficult transition-my mother had to entirely rethink how she approached the evening meal. The biggest headache was trying to time everything so the two meals were ready at the roughly same time, allowing us to continue eating as a family. Unfortunately there weren’t any cookbooks available that offered a selection of recipes starting with the same base ingredients and prepared all at once to accommodate both the omnivores and the vegetarian at the table.
I face the same challenge when my sister comes to visit for dinner every week or two, because even though I don’t need to have meat with every meal to feel satisfied, my husband does. I often adapt common vegetarian recipes and add grilled chicken or shrimp for him, or prepare a separate dish that tastes just as good with a pile of vegetables to offer my sister. But now I have a great resource at my fingertips that allows me to do double duty in the kitchen: Ivy Manning’s new release The Adaptable Feast: Satisfying Meals for the Vegetarians, Vegans, and Omnivores at Your Table.
Over the course of several years cooking for and with her vegetarian spouse, Ivy-an omnivore-compiled an impressive number of main dishes, sides, and staples that can be served in portions to satisfy all the vegetarians, vegans, and/or omnivores in your home.

Closet Clips

When it comes to fashion, I am a bit of a sissy. I do not lead the pack and revel in my bold style decisions. I do not wear plants on my head like Sarah Jessica Parker, hobo-chic body sacks like Mary Kate and Ashley, or full swan costumes like Bjork (though I admire any woman who can ruffle feathers). Rather, I adopt the safe, mainstream trends that, on a good day, earn me a sidewalk compliment, and, on a bad day, go generally unnoticed.

For this reason, I am thrilled to have a fashion book on our list this fall. Closet Confidential: Style Secrets Learned the Hard Way is the gift book of the season, penned by Daddy Likey blogger Winona Dimeo-Ediger. In her guide for the fashion wary, Winona shares fifty style lessons that are refreshingly accessible (for those of you who prefer your plants in a garden) and more addictive than peanut MMS. This is just a sampling of my favorites.

STYLE LESSON #2: The constitution guarantees freedom of speech, press, religion, petition, assembly, and to wear any style of jeans we want, so try something new you might be pleasantly surprised.

Boot cut jeans (aka Jeanus versatilus) are the most frequently occurring articles my wardrobe, which I credit to both their extreme versatility and my unsubstantiated fear of jeans that aren’t boot cut. I realize this makes me to use Winona’s words a complete style snore. So, last month, I finally summoned some retail bravery and headed to T.J. Maxx with plans to avoid familiar denim territory. Two trips to the dressing room and three unflattering try-ons later, I emerged with my first pair of skinny jeans (aka Extreme intimidatus). Despite the blue sparkles on the back pockets that were probably intended for pre-teen fashionistas, they were exactly what I didn’t know I’d wanted all along.

STYLE LESSON #21: Fill your purse with the necessities. You get to define necessities.

Closet Confidential offers a chart that displays purses of all sizes: from the teeny evening mini bag to the colossal Brontosaurus. My current bag definitely falls more into the prehistoric category. On any given day, my necessities include:

A bagged lunch that will inevitably be forgotten upon my arrival to work.

Reading material. I like variety: a novel about genetically altered prep school kids and a copy of Closet Confidential is a good combination for the bus.

Knock-off Chanel sunglasses (fondly referred to as Ohnel’s by my husband for the intersecting Os that, in the right light, almost resemble Chanel’s intersecting Cs).

A coin purse shaped like a cat’s head.

96 pens.

While friends occasionally make fun of me for my excess baggage, Winona informs me that purses large enough to hide a murder victim have come into style in a big way. Which is great news for me and my cat head coin purse.

STYLE LESSON #27: If you live, have lived, or ever plan to live north of the Mason-Dixon Line, you might want to consider one of those giant quilted jackets that look like a queen-size down comforter with sleeves.

I attended college in Ann Arbor, Michigan, along with 30,000 other freezing undergrads. In my five-mile walk to class what felt like five miles anyway since my eyelids were frozen open I quickly learned that if I was going to survive, I would need a puffy coat, fashion be damned. Along with bulk quantities of Easy Mac, the Gap down comforter coat I bought that year was, without a doubt, the best purchase I made in college. (As evidence of my purchase, I have a stack of photos from 2001 displaying my inability to put my arms at my sides). Like umbrellas for Seattleites, industrial coats for Midwesterners are essential. Sometimes there really are more important things than looking cute on the way to class. Like circulation. And being able to blink when you want to.

Tell us: What are the most valuable style lessons you’ve learned?