Mortgage applications fall for third straight week, despite lower interest rates

nterest rates were much higher back then. Overall volume for mortgage applications fell 1.4% last week from the previous week, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s seasonally adjusted index. Volume was still 35% higher than a year ago, when interest rates were significantly higher.   Homebuyers, or lack thereof, drove demand lower. Mortgage applications to purchase a home fell 3% for the week but were 6% higher than a year ago. The shift may be less about rates and more about what kind of homes are for sale and at…

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Indonesia Fashion Week 2019 promotes eco-friendly fashion

Models wear costumes designed by Musa Widyatmodjo at the opening ceremony of Indonesia Fashion Week 2019 at the Jakarta Convention Center, Central Jakarta, on Wednesday. (JP/Wendra Ajistyatama) The Association of Indonesian Fashion Designers and Entrepreneurs (APPMI), the organizer of the ongoing Indonesia Fashion Week (IFW) 2019, has announced its commitment to promoting sustainability in the industry by supporting eco-friendly fashion. “We recognize the importance of business sustainability and are excited to support the United Nations Alliance for Sustainable Fashion,” designer and IFW 2019 president and founder Poppy Dharsono said. IFW in explaining…

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We love… six fashion fixes for the week ahead – in pictures

Rainbow collections Kitty Joseph’s joyful Prism collection is semi-bespoke. It’s made to order to reduce waste. The asymmetric gown uses 5m of pleated velvet, printed in a reimagined colour spectrum. From £165 for a Prism top, kittyjoseph.com Pinterest Brass cufflinks Finish your look with tiered cufflinks turned from a solid bar of brass. Alice Made This pieces are created in a factory that specialises in aerospace part production. Also available in steel and rose gold finish. £95, alicemadethis.com Facebook Twitter Pinterest Kinder fashion British brand Smith Webb’s mission statement is:…

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The Best Street Style From Lagos Fashion Week

When you’re in Lagos, there’s no such thing as overdressed. Fashion in the Nigerian style capital is fearless: Locals embrace rich color and pattern, out-of-towners attempt to keep up, and the world watches to see what trends will arise next. Each season, as editors and attendees descend on the city to experience the collections, the bar for street fashion is raised just a little higher. You never know what to expect from the guests, whether they’re in full runway looks from luxury houses or one-of-a-kind pieces from under-the-radar talents. A…

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London hosts ‘Modest’ Fashion Week to celebrate hijabs and long hemlines – just a month after women in Iran burned headscarves in protest at Islamic dress

London Modest Fashion week kicked off this weekend, showcasing the latest styles in hijabs, abayas and long hemlines. The second installment of the two-day event, held at Victoria House, Bloomsbury, saw models parading down the runway in demure clothing – and rumoured Muslim convert Lindsay Lohan even made an appearance. Running alongside London Fashion Week the event, which charges up to £200 for tickets, features shopping, runway shows, talks and workshops – including a ‘sharia legal hub’. It comes just weeks after thousands of women in Iran, and around the world, risked imprisonment by…

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How To Pitch Essays To BuzzFeed Health For Mental Health Week

Dola Sun for BuzzFeed News Health is BuzzFeed’s home for trustworthy coverage of all kinds of health-related topics, including sexual and reproductive health, mental health, fitness and nutrition, and more. We strive to be inclusive and aggressively non-judgmental in our approach, and to cover/report on/represent as wide a range of experiences as possible. What is Mental Health Week? From October 2 through 8, 2017, BuzzFeed Health will be publishing a lineup of content (reporting, essays, first-person accounts, videos, and more) on mental health, mental illness, access to care, treatment, and related topics.…

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Celebrating Madras Week: 10 Wonderful Dishes from Tamil Nadu You Didn’t Know About

Tamil cuisine is full of surprises. You think you’ve tried it all but there will always be these hidden treasures waiting to be explored. Every regional food experience in India is like a valued inheritance, rich with traditionsthat has been passed on over generations. As we’re in midst of celebrating Madras Week (from August 20 to August 27; commemorating the founding of the city of Madras on August 22, 1639), we thought it was apt to bring to fore some forgotten or rather unknown dishes from Tamil Nadu that are equally delicious.…

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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Refurbished Units to Start Selling Next Week: Reports

The world’s biggest smartphone maker Samsung will next week start reselling refurbished Galaxy Note 7 devices after a humiliating recall over exploding batteries last year, news reports said Tuesday. Samsung Electronics declined to comment on the reports. The recall debacle cost the Korean giant billions of dollars in lost profits and hammered its global credibility. Around three million Galaxy Note 7 devices were returned to the firm, but campaign groups including Greenpeace expressed concern that discarding them could harm the environment. Citing industry sources, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency and…

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BirkenShock! After 242 Years, Birkenstock Premieres at Paris Fashion Week

  1/6 Photo: Courtesy of Birkenstock The German health shoe brand Birkenstock is a bit like kale. It’s neither glamorous, nor exotic–no asparagus, no quinoa–yet it makes people feel good, almost virtuous. Because they know it is good for them. Last night in Paris this unbelievably venerable German footwear brand (it was founded in 1774) did something rather unexpected: It held what must have been a hugely expensive showcase and party in the temporary showspace of the Tuileries Gardens. There was a purpose built pavilion, all pine walkways and soothing…

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Food and drink events for the week

COOKING CLASS: Chef Mark Haskell teaches how to cure and preserve meat and fish at home. 7 p.m. $59. Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. hillcenterdc.org. HISTORY & HOPS: An installment of the monthly series hosted by artist and designer Mike Van Hall; his work is featured by Stillwater Artisanal, Aslin Beer and DC Brau breweries. 6:30 p.m. $30. Heurich House Museum, 1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW. bit.ly/HHJune2017. WINE DINNER: Five courses paired with Rombauer Vineyard wines. 6:30 p.m. $110. Russia House Restaurant, 724 Pine…

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