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Business and College Backpacks for Women

Curated from the Street, this guide shows the most recent styles of business laptop bags and college backpacks for women.

Traveling light and stylishly for daily business can be challenging, especially when business means working with a mobile office. Your style translates into your brand and when it comes to working with clients or colleagues, having the right accessories, such as a briefcase knomo-lead_600x400or laptop bag is key to making the right impression. Not all bags are created equal and each style is distinctive.

For women, the choices are endless and narrowing down the search can be time consuming, which isn’t ideal for the busy executive. Instead of spending precious hours looking for the right bag, we did the legwork and found the 10 best laptop bags for women. These bags are not only ideal for utility, but will support your personal peerless style.

KNOMO Maddox Leather Zip Tote

Designed with elegant, supple full grain leather, the KNOMO Maddox leather zip tote provides a roomy interior that will hold a 15-inch laptop with ease. The zipped enclosure keeps your technology and paperwork secure, while the durable shoulder straps are designed for comfort and functionality. For added ease, the designers took outerwear, such as wearing a heavy coat, into consideration when creating the shoulder straps so this tote works extremely well with any fashion ensemble.

The KNOMO Maddox’s streamlined, sleek exterior is available in six fashionable colors including black, red, espresso, green, navy and sage. Although designed for fashion, this tote provides the highest level of internal functionality. Store paperwork and folders inside the hidden slip pocket or compartmentalize accessories and tools in one of the five interior pockets and two exterior pockets.

The rest of cool school backpacks and business backpack bags at: https://www.thestreet.com/story/13438236/1/10-best-laptop-bags-for-women.html

Mentally, How Long Does It Take to Become a Social Worker?

This Cosmo piece ponders how long does it take to become a social worker, in terms of the mental toughness required given the stress and complexities of the job, and the bad reputation the profession has with many people:

1. You’ll only learn a fraction of what you need to know from school. I have a master’s degree in social work and an additional certification as a licensed clinical social worker. Graduate school gave me great training, but you only really learn what you need to know when you start working with people. For example, every master’s program teaches cultural competency — the skills to work with people from a particular ethnic or cultural group — but you have to start working with those groups before you can fully understand their perspective. I also draw on my background as a Latina and an immigrant to empathize with some of my clients, which is something you just can’t learn from a book.

2. People will assume your job is to take children away from their parents. When I tell someone I’m a social worker, people often think that means I work with Child Protective Services and spend all day breaking up families. That’s not even close to what I do! I work in an elementary school, [where I] identify and solve problems and provide interventions, so all children are able to learn, regardless of their circumstances.

3. Once you think you understand how to do the job, something totally unexpected will happen. The other day, we had a parent try to enroll a new kid in school, which is a totally routine thing. But when we got the paperwork from the previous school, we found a court order saying the legal custodian lived in another state. I had to decide: Do I need to call the state court? Do I need to call the police? Do I call Child Protective Services? It turned into an all-day intervention. In the end, we contacted the legal custodian, and the person who enrolled the child agreed to return the child home. Sometimes I wish I had a law degree on top of my master’s in social work to navigate the legal nuances of things like child custody or truancy cases.

4. Building relationships with parents makes everything easier. If there’s an issue with a particular student, I’m required to do a home visit to see what’s going on at home. That can feel very intrusive, so to make parents feel more comfortable with me, I make myself a very familiar face at school. Every morning, when parents are dropping their kids off, I’m outside greeting them like, “Hi, how was your weekend? Have you tried that chicken place next door?” Over time, we build up a relationship, and it makes it much easier to have serious conversations with them in the future.

5. You can’t make everybody happy. I like to think of my job as the link between the student, the school, and the family. It’s not always easy to get all three on the same page. For example, a teacher might tell me that a child’s behavior is out of control and they need medication, but the parents might not want to give their child medication. That decision is ultimately up to the parent, so I’ll have to work with the teacher to find an alternative solution that doesn’t step on the parents’ toes, like developing a special learning plan for that child or educating the parent on the child’s symptoms.

More on what it takes to be a social worker at: http://www.cosmopolitan.com/career/a59947/things-i-wish-i-knew-social-worker-career/

Install Norton Software to Fix Windows 10 Bug

Techworm notes one nice side benefit that occurs when you install Norton software, is that it fixes a bug in a recent build of Windows 10. So activating antivirus programs have a variety of advantages beyond virus protection:

Microsoft Announces Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 15055 For PC And Mobile

As we are getting closer to the launch of the Creators Update due next month, Microsoft yesterday released Windows 10 build 15055 to the Fast ring for PCs and mobile phones.

The Windows 10 build 15055 doesn’t offer users any new features, but instead focuses on squashing bugs and fixing problems. It also brings improvements to several features, including Microsoft Edge and Cortana.

The Creators Update is slated to ship in April, which means that Microsoft will likely sign off on an RTM build this month. Following April’s release, Microsoft will start releasing Windows 10 Redstone 3 Insider Preview builds to the Fast ring, with some major features expected.

Improvements and fixes for Windows 10 Creators Update Insider build 15055 for PC include:

–If you have Symantec/Norton anti-virus software installed on your PC, you should no longer get an 0x80070228 error when attempting to download this build. Symantec released updated anti-virus definitions last week that fixes this issue. You need to make sure your Symantec/Norton anti-virus software has the most up-to-date anti-virus definitions BEFORE trying to install today’s build.

–PCs should no longer fail to update to this build at 71 percent and roll-back to the previous build…

More on Norton benefits at: https://www.techworm.net/2017/03/antivirus-flagging-windows-10-build-15055-preventing-users-updating-heres-can-fix.html

Beyonce Shows the World How to get to Instagram Top Posts

CNET reports how superstar Beyoncé was easily able to get to Instagram top posts and surpass previous IG record holder Selena Gomez with the announcement of her pregnancy:

Wonderful news, everyone! Beyoncé and Jay-Z are expecting twins, although if you didn’t know that already, maybe you haven’t been on the internet today. The singer-songwriter announced the pregnancy on Instagram, and social media has been buzzing with excitement ever since.

And the Instagram post itself has gone wild, skyrocketing to become the most liked image on the photo-sharing platform of all time and Screen-Shot-2017-02-02-at-3.06.51-PM-540x304claiming the Guinness World Record. In under eight hours, the photo, in which a pregnant Bey cradles her belly in front of a profusion of flowers, shot to 6,481,207 likes. At time of writing, after 10 hours, it was at 6,954,225 likes, and over 350,000 comments.

“We would like to share our love and happiness,” the post reads. “We have been blessed two times over. We are incredibly grateful that our family will be growing by two, and we thank you for your well wishes. – The Carters.”

Beyoncé’s announcement of her pregnancy with daughter Blue Ivy Carter at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards also broke social media records, generating the most Tweets per second (8,868) of any event to date.

Beyoncé’s pregnancy announcement knocks Selena Gomez off the top spot, with a photo from June 2016 showing the pop singer drinking a bottle of Coca-Cola. It generated 6,315,187 likes.


Grammy winning group using Kickstarter, writing their own musical

Pop duo Ian Axel and Chad King of A Great Big World took home a Grammy Award last year for their breakout single “Say Something” with Christina Aguilera. This year, they’re embarking on a headlining tour — entitled “Kaleidoscope,” after a track from their November sophomore release, “When the Morning Comes,” from Epic Records — bringing the New York 489584332University alumni to 26 major markets including Boston (March 6) and Philadelphia (March 8).

What made you name the tour after the song “Kaleidoscope”?

Chad King: A lot of people know “Say Something,” and it’s a dark, emotional song, but the rest of our music is light and colorful and positive and has youthful energy. The feeling the world “Kaleidoscope” gives you is what we want people to feel when they’re at our shows.

Which cities are you most excited to hit up?

Ian Axel: I’m excited about Salt Lake City. It’s my birthday and we’ve had some really great shows there in the past. There’s no other city quite like it.

CK: Philly is a big one for me, especially because it’s at World Cafe Live. This venue — they did it right, because acoustics in the room and where you perform are really perfect.

IA: It feels like people who go there, they go there because it’s known as more of a listening room, where people go to really listen to music.

Do you have any pre-show rituals?

IA: We have to make up a new one. We used to put up our hands together and sing a barbershop quartet.

CK: Maybe we’ll do a “Kaleidoscope”-themed barbershop.

What do you need to have on your tour bus?

IA: I need ear plugs and my blindfold thing because I’m such a light sleeper. And I use lavender oil that helps calm me down.

You’re the second person to tell me that.

IA: I think you need to start using it. Then there’s this thing called Lumio that looks like a book but when you open it, it makes a nice warm light. It’s great when you’re in a hotel room with bad lighting and bad energy.

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