Gifts for your HBCU bae this Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day tends to bring out the love language of gift-giving, and if you’re romancing a bae that stands ten toes down on HBCU culture, then consider adding a few of these items to your gift list.

Maybe you and your Valentine’s date met at an HBCU. Perhaps your partner attended one. Or it might just be that the beauty of your Black love appreciates the HBCU aesthetic. No matter the case, this list is curated by Reckon’s HBCU and Blackness reporter, also an alumnus of North Carolina A&T State University, and offers a little something that caters to the adoration of HBCU style and culture as you shop for your date.

Ralph Lauren Collection with Spelman and Morehouse College’s ($$$$)

The partnership between these two HBCUs and Ralph Lauren is designed with a historic vintage theme meant to invoke pride and prestige in every thread from the Morehouse Collection Polo Coat at $2,500 to the iconic and staple white Spelman Collection Wrap Dress at $350.

While this collection is on the pricier side, it is perfect for your HBCU vintage bae who likes to support young Black designers.

Telfar bag ($$$)

The Telfar brand has more to offer than just its signature bags. They now have wallets ($144), puffer coats ($400+) and durags ($90). Everyone — from college students matching their Telfar bags to their outfits to even Queen Latifah dripping in a white Telfar beanie and sweatshirt to an NBA game — is wearing Telfar from head to toe and maybe your HBCU Valentine’s bae might want to too.

Telfar is a luxury brand, so its prices reflect that but if your Valentine’s is a ‘material (insert gender identity here) then adjust your budget.

Culture Tags card game ($)

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60 Black-owned clothing brands to know in 2023

When it comes to equity and inclusion, the fashion industry has significantly changed in recent years, said Adrienne Jones, the first tenured, full-time Black professor at the Pratt Institute. Jones told us that years ago, boutiques would praise her designs — until she dropped off her clothes in-person and they realized she was Black. Their interest would suddenly evaporate.

Thankfully, progress has been made. As you recognize Black History Month and feel inspired to support Black-owned brands — and, by the way, you certainly don’t need a specific month to do so — we’ve outlined a number of brands that fashion experts recommended to us below, along with some of their standout products. In addition to Jones, we spoke to Jonathan Square, assistant professor of Black visual culture at the Parsons School of Design, and Rikki Byrd, writer and PhD candidate in African American studies at Northwestern University.

Best clothes and accessories from Black-owned brands

We consulted the aforementioned fashion experts about their favorite Black-owned clothing brands. In some cases, we highlighted specific items they recommended. Other times, we highlighted a particular item from a brand they recommended to us. From skirts to earrings, we chose those items because of their positive reviews or affordable price point.

Telfar: Small Puff Shopper

Every expert we spoke to mentioned Telfar, the luxury brand piloted by Liberian-American fashion designer Telfar Clemens. As they should: Telfar shopping bags were one of Oprah’s favorite things in 2020 and Beyonce has been spotted in their gear — in other words, Telfar is everywhere. “During the holidays, I went home to Louisiana, and saw someone wearing a Telfar bag in Walmart. I thought, wow, [Telfar is] really global,” Square told us.

Telfar’s bags are hard to come by — they typically sell out quickly. The latest batch

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How to pack your luggage for your flight

Security control rules for cosmetics, foods and alcohol

Liquids may only be taken into the cabin in containers of less than 100 millilitres each. All liquids must fit into a single transparent, resealable plastic bag with a maximum volume of one litre.

Any larger containers of liquid must be placed in your checked hold baggage.

In addition to drinks and other fluids, nearly all cosmetics and a variety of foods are liquids. Liquids include moisturiserstoothpastesmascarasaerosolsgels, canned fruit, fish and meat, frozen foods, butters, cream cheeses, yoghurts, etc.

A good rule of thumb is that if you can spread it, it’s liquid.

Liquid baby foodformula milk and special dietary products are an exception to the above. You may carry the amount you will need during the flight in your hand baggage. A baby is considered to be a child under 2 years of age who travels with a so-called infant ticket and does not have its own seating.

Medications with a prescription may be taken into the cabin in their original packaging which has the passenger’s name on it. On international flights, be sure to check the rules applicable in the country of destination.

Note! Hairspray containers of more than 500 ml are prohibited on the aircraft and may not be carried as hand baggage or checked hold baggage.

Pack any alcoholic beverages into your hold baggage, except those purchased at airports or on aircrafts. Please note that alcohol in excess of 70% is not allowed on aircraft. Remember to check the customs regulations of each country before your flight.

Duty free liquids purchased at airports and on aircrafts may be taken into the cabin of the aircraft. Transfer passengers may carry duty free products through the security control

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Spirit Airlines Baggage Fees: How to Avoid Bag Fees [2023]

If you regularly hunt for cheap flights to your favorite destinations, you already know that Spirit has some of the best ticket prices in the industry. Historically, Spirit Airlines has offered round-trip flights for as low as $12. But bag fees will cost you more than twice that amount, and Spirit’s standard fare tickets don’t include any bags, even carry-ons.

Baggage fees are a relatively new concept that airlines began collecting a little over a decade ago. Since then, the cost has only increased for most airlines. And it’s not likely to change anytime soon — airlines collectively brought in more than $2.8 billion from bag fees alone in 2020 even though air travel was down by 60% due to the pandemic. So, it’s an important source of revenue for the industry. Luckily, there are some ways to get discounted baggage fees on Spirit — or avoid the cost altogether with the right tactics and credit cards.

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What is Spirit Airlines’ baggage policy?

Spirit Airlines policy for carry-ons

Spirit Airlines’ baggage allowance allows you to bring on personal item onto the flight for free. That item can’t exceed 18 x 14 x 8 inches including handles and wheels. 

In addition to your free personal item, which could include a small backpack, laptop bag, or purse; you can bring a carry-on bag, so long as it doesn’t exceed 22 x 18 x 10

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Are Messenger Bags Making a Comeback?

When I think of messenger bags, I don’t think of a schoolbag meant to carry the miscellany required for a long day of college classes. No, I don’t think of the practicality of them at all. Rather, when I think of messenger bags, I actually think of one messenger bag in particular. The only messenger bag that ever mattered.

Ok, ok, I’m being a little dramatic, but immediately what comes to mind at the mere mention of a messenger bag is the Chanel Grafitti Messenger bag from Spring/Summer 2015. The messenger bag was released a year after one of Chanel’s most divisive bags to date, the Grafitti Backpack of Spring/Summer 2014, presumably to capitalize on the backpack’s demand and sales success.

I loved the messenger bag just as much as I loved the backpack, and I still feel a pang in my stomach when I see a rare one IRL. Today, the messenger is making a comeback, which has me all in my feels for the greatest messenger bag there ever was.

The Modern Messenger

With the return of big bags and designers paying more attention to functionality than the trend towards micro-minis, messengers, too, are have their second-coming. It makes sense, because alongside the return to more practical silhouettes is fashion’s constant obsession with nostalgia, and messenger bags were once a highly-beloved silhouette.

From the runways of Gucci and Coach to the latest and greatest bags from Prada and Bottega Veneta, we’ve been seeing a return to the casual-cool messenger bags popularized in the 2000s and 2010s. The ideal messenger bag is a perfect combination of utilitarian and fashionable, a perfect shape for a day bag. As spring assortments are slowly trickling out, you can bet we’ll begin to see more messengers too. Take a look below

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This weekend bag is on sale at Amazon

Packing for a short stay can be tricky. You don’t want to haul your huge suitcase if you’re not going to fill it, and you also don’t want to try to cram all your stuff into a teeny bag. That’s when you need a weekender. These bags are designed to hold your gear for two to three days away without the hassle that comes from lugging a regular-sized suitcase around. Well, just for today, Amazon is running a sale on the popular″ data-ylk=”slk:Lovevook Weekender bag;elm:affiliate_link;sellerN:Amazon;elmt:;itc:0″ class=”link rapid-with-clickid etailiffa-link”Lovevook Weekender bag — you can snag this roomy bag for only $30! There are other Lovevook bags on sale today, but this is the deal you definitely don’t want to miss.

At nearly 22 inches long and 11 inches tall, the Lovevook Weekender hits that just-right sizing you need for a few days away from home. The bag is large enough to store up to three sets of clothes, a tablet, towel, laptop and toiletries — basically, everything you need.

It also has plenty of great features to make your trip even easier. Enjoy a separate wet pocket (for storing bathing suits and sweaty workout clothes) to separate dry and wet items. There are also two different handle options — use it like a handbag or crossbody.

weekender bag

This bag is perfect for a few days away — or as a carry-on during your next flight. (Photo: Amazon)

Planning to use your Weekender bag alongside a wheeled suitcase? A trolley sleeve effortlessly glides over your suitcase’s handle, so you securely fasten it on top as you cruise through the airport.

It’s packed with pockets to keep you organized, including an exterior pocket for gear you need to reach quickly, an interior zip pocket, the aforementioned wet pocket and a

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The viral Lululemon belt bag is back in stock

Fanny packs, or ahem, belt bags have certainly made a comeback. A lot of people have them. But not everyone has THE belt bag. I am, of course, talking about the Lululemon Everywhere Belt Bag that has been really hard to get your hands on. This glam hip pack is constantly out of stock, but we’re happy to report that you can now add it to your cart in a slew of new colors. You might want to hurry, though, because the internet is obsessed with this bag — so obsessed that Lululemon has put a limit on how many you can buy at a time!

When it comes to athleisure, people are kind of obsessed with Lululemon, and they are really into this bag. Like the name suggests, it’s EVERYWHERE. It’s simple in structure and aesthetics, which is one of the appeals because not only can it go everywhere, it can go with everything. It’s made with water-repellent nylon with a just a zippered main compartment and interior pocket to hold your essentials — keys, phone, wallet, lip gloss — hands-free.

Hurry before it sells out — again! (Photo: Lululemon)

Hurry and add to cart before it sells out — again! (Photo: Lululemon)

This bag has an army of fans — over 9,200 shoppers have left glowing five-star reviews on the site.

“I love this bag!” shared a rave reviewer. “I love using it for the gym; it’s perfect because it’s hands free and I feel more comfortable having my personal belongings on my person vs in a locker.”

“This is definitely my favorite bag i’ve ever had!” wrote another fan. “I was scared it was going to look too much like a fanny pack, but it really doesn’t! it’s classy and slim, and there’s so many ways to wear it! it’s small, but has TONS

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Baggage handler reveals what it’s really like in the belly of the plane & some people are horrified

A BAGGAGE handler has revealed what it is really like in the hold area of the plane – and many people are horrified.

Most holidaymakers don’t think about how their suitcase actually gets to their end destination.

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Chris Simonsson often posts videos about his daily life as a baggage handlerCredit: TikTok/wheos_ _
Chris showed his followers what it's like to pack 110 bags onto a plane


Chris showed his followers what it’s like to pack 110 bags onto a planeCredit: TikTok/wheos_ _

But many have started taking note after one baggage handler filmed himself packing bags into an aircraft.

Chris Simonsson, who is known as “wheos_ _” on TikTok, often posts videos about his daily life as a baggage handler.

In a recent video, Chris showed his followers the ins and outs of packing 110 bags into the belly of a plane.

He starts off by unfurling a roller that helps to move the bags from the entrance to the back of the plane.

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Chris then does a few push-ups before he starts stacking the bags to fill the space in the hold area.

The time-lapse video slowly moves through the plane as he continues to methodically load the bags.

Along the way, Chris stops for a quick lie down across a suitcase until he’s left flashing a big thumbs up to the camera once he’s finished stacking the bags.

The viral video has had over 7.8 million views and has been liked more than 300,000 times.

Thousands of users rushed into the comments to share their

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How to grow potatoes in a bag: everything you need to know

Learning how to grow potatoes in a bag will open up a whole new world of gardening potential. An extremely easy vegetable to grow, potatoes offer a high-yield for very low output – they’re a great choice if you’re new to growing your own vegetables. Find out how to grow potatoes with our step-by-step guide – perfect for your vegetable garden ideas.

Potatoes are also best grown in containers due to their propensity to spread into all the soil available to their tuberous roots. They are also difficult to harvest in raised beds or borders, often leaving behind unwanted ‘volunteers’ that will start their own unwanted potato plant the following year.

Therefore, knowing how to grow potatoes in a bag offers one of the best options for growing your own, both in terms of ease of harvest and versatility. ‘You can even have potatoes in a tiny rented plot. Grow them in a potato bag or sack and you’ll be able to move house without unearthing your sack of spuds,’ says Amateur Gardening (opens in new tab) magazine’s Tamsin Westhorpe.

How to grow potatoes in a bag – preparation

There are three things that you will need before starting to learn how to grow potatoes in a bag for your kitchen garden. These are: chitted seed potatoes; compost; and a bag.

Chitting potatoes helps to accelerate the growth of your potatoes. Stand the seed potatoes in egg boxes and place in a light and cool, but frost-free, place. Light is vital so a windowsill in a porch or outside in a glass greenhouse are an ideal place to place your potatoes to chit. 

‘Keep an eye on your potatoes whilst they chit and wait for strong, short green shoots to appear (4-6 weeks) about 2-3cms long from the eyes

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