Shop This Virtual Pop-Up and You’ll Be Supporting Latina-Owned Businesses

Courtesy of Lisa Nicole Rosado

Whether you want to get an early start on holiday gift shopping or you just want to treat yourself to something special, the Latina-Owned Pop-Up Shop hosted by We Are Women Owned is one you won’t want to miss. This month-long event aims to make a big impact on small Latina-owned businesses through a virtual shopping experience in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.

“Everything that I am and everything that I do is community oriented,” says Lisa Nicole Rosado, founder of We Are Women Owned (WAWO), pictured above. Prior to WAWO, Rosado began organizing pop-up shopping events to help herself and other small businesses raise brand awareness. Today, the online community she founded is dedicated to creating opportunities for women-owned businesses by offering resources like branding and business support as well as networking events. The platform has also hosted numerous pop-up shows both in-person and

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This New Simulator Lets You Drive Classic Cars on the Virtual Track

With the coronavirus having made track days a difficult proposition, auto enthusiasts are increasingly turning to high-tech simulators to get their racing thrills. And while this usually means strapping into the virtual cockpit of a modern-day race car, a new VR system from The Classic Car Trust will let you get behind the wheel of the vintage auto of your dreams.

The Italian organization has just announced that its teaming up with Racing Unleashed on an upcoming classic car simulator called the eClassic. And to add to the experience, the organization has enlisted two of the biggest names in coach building, Pininfarina and Zagato, to help design the machine.

While most simulators are focused on recreating the experience of driving a cutting-edge race car down to the most intricate details, the eClassic tries something different. While details about its full technical capabilities remain scarce, the group has made clear that

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The best virtual escape rooms to play online with friends

If you're missing the real deal, plenty have created a virtual version (iStock)
If you’re missing the real deal, plenty have created a virtual version (iStock)

We could all do with a bit of escapism from reality at the minute, as lockdown continues in the UK.

Escape rooms are very popular with groups who love a challenge, but due to the coronavirus outbreak, all of them in the UK have closed their doors for the foreseeable.

But during lockdown, escape rooms have come online instead to make socialising with your friends adrenaline-pumping.

Other games have become popular too while we spend more time at home. If you need some inspiration, we’ve rounded up the best apps that you can play games on with friends and family here.

As with physical escape rooms, the mission is as the name suggests – to escape the room – through a series of problem-solving missions and teamwork. Here are a few of our favourites.

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The Upside Of Virtual Grieving

I attended my first Zoom funeral this past June. My husband Aaron’s aunt Maria, who lived in Pennsylvania, died of breast cancer, but her passing was still defined by the pandemic. Sitting in front of a laptop at the dining-room table in my mom’s house in southeastern Quebec, Canada, we, along with a dozen or so others who couldn’t be there in person, watched our American family gather for the small service.

Despite a few to-be-expected technical issues — people not knowing how to mute or talking over each other — it was incredibly moving. I could see the faces of all the other online participants at once, noticing their collective grief more than I ever would have in person, a mournful mosaic. Towards the end, the funeral organizer asked if anyone joining remotely wanted to share a story. Everyone in attendance turned towards the laptop screen and the grief

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COVID-era virtual school supplies come with real spike in spending

Back-to-school shopping is looking different for many families this year, thanks to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. With the 73 of the 100 largest U.S. school districts opting for remote learning this fall, backpacks are out – and Bluetooth headphones and Chromebooks are in.

That’s upending the budgets for many families and helps explain why back-to-school spending is set to break a record in 2020. Households with children in kindergarten through 12th grade will spend an average of almost $790 per family this year – a record as well as 13% higher than a year earlier, according to National Retail Federation, a trade group.

That jibes with the experiences of several families in Houston, the nation’s 9th largest school district, who shared their experiences with USA Today. When the city’s schools switched to online learning this spring due to the pandemic, many parents relied on makeshift arrangements, such as turning the

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Everything you need for a virtual hen-do as social distancing rules are tightened

While you might not be able to meet up, you can still have a hen-do to remember thanks to platforms like zoom, Smule and Paperless Post (iStock)
While you might not be able to meet up, you can still have a hen-do to remember thanks to platforms like zoom, Smule and Paperless Post (iStock)

Throughout the pandemic, chances are you probably know someone – or are someone – who has had to cancel, postpone or re-arrange a wedding.

For many couples, lockdown has been a trying time as a day of celebration and one they may have been looking forward to for a long time have been put on pause.

If you know someone in that predicament, we’ve already got you covered with small gifts you can send as a thoughtful present here. Although on 23 June prime minister Boris Johnson announced small weddings of up to 30 people can now take place in the UK, it still might not be the day some people had originally planned.

But for others, it’s become a time to revaluate

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Nick Cordero’s Family and Friends Honor Late Star During Musical-Filled Virtual Memorial

Nick Cordero’s Wife Amanda Kloots Tells PEOPLE: ‘Words Can’t Describe How Much I Will Miss Him’

Nick Cordero died on Sunday at 41 after spending 95 days in the hospital fighting coronavirus complications

Nick Cordero was honored by his family, friends and colleagues during a virtual memorial on Sunday, two months after he died from coronavirus complications at the age of 41.

The two-hour memorial, which streamed for free on Broadway On Demand, included a collage of photos and videos from Cordero’s life with appearances from his wife Amanda Kloots, his mom Lesley, and many of his former castmates from his theater and acting jobs.

At the start of the memorial, Kloots, 38, reminded viewers to make donations in Cordero’s honor to the Save the Music Foundation.

“Nick would want this memorial to be a celebration — something that makes people smile, that makes people sing, that makes people remember

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Celebrate the virtual event with these magical must-haves

Avid fans can still participate in the annual festivities with a free virtual event: iStock/The Independent
Avid fans can still participate in the annual festivities with a free virtual event: iStock/The Independent

In the UK, the start of September marks a return to the school gates for a new year in the classrooms.

For Harry Potter fans, children and adults alike, September 1 also welcomes another tradition. Usually, fans gather at Kings’s Cross Station, London, to celebrate the famous departure on the Hogwarts Express form the Platform 9 ¾, waving their hands at 11am, the time the fictional train set off with Harry on his first trip to wizarding school, Hogwarts.

However, as the coronavirus pandemic is far from over, this year’s celebrations are taking place virtually with a free event hosted by Wizarding World.

A live stream will be hosted as part of the online festivities, and fans will get to see actors from the movies take part, including James and Oliver Phelps, aka the

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10 products to help your child make the adjustment to virtual learning

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In the understatement of the year, school is going to look very different this fall. Your kitchen isn’t just your kitchen, it’s your child’s art studio. The living room now doubles as a geometry classroom and a gymnasium. In anticipation of P.E., my son has already constructed an obstacle course in our living room. I have to give him some credit, he’s built something pretty physically and logistically challenging in the matter of 300 square feet.

As parents, we are learning a lot from this pandemic, especially when it comes to teaching our kids. With school and home merging into one residential think tank,

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Venice Film Festival Virtual Reality Section Moved Online Will Travel Globally

Venice Film Festival’s Virtual Reality section is going entirely online this year, but expanding its scope via a platform and also a satellite network that will make it accessible worldwide.” data-reactid=”19″The Venice Film Festival’s Virtual Reality section is going entirely online this year, but expanding its scope via a platform and also a satellite network that will make it accessible worldwide.

Htc Viveport, Facebook’s Oculus, VRChat and VRrOOm that will allow various types of access using a VR headset and a PC.” data-reactid=”20″In normal times the competitive sidebar launched in 2017 by co-curators Michel Reilhac and Liz Rosenthal – who put Venice ahead of the curve in the VR arena – was held on the Lazzaretto, a tiny island a stone’s throw from the Lido that was a leper colony in the 15th century. But due to the coronavirus pandemic this year it’s been rebranded

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