The Patriotic Man Romper Makes it Debut at the Indy 500

When 33 year old Indianapolis costume designer Jess West created a patriotic male romper for the upcoming Indy 500, she meant it as a joke. She posted it on Facebook hoping it would draw attention to her website, where she makes costumes from pop culture staples like Dr. Who, Batman, and Gremlins. However, a lot of people look one look at the romper – which features a bald eagle/flag pattern, checkered racing flags, and a zipper right up the front – and thought, heck yes I want to wear that!

Jess got 15 orders (at a pretty $125 a pop) for the hilarious rompers before she had to stop taking them, because the race was just days away! And while some of them won’t be quite as patriotic as the first (it also said “HOME OF THE FREE MERICA” on the back), they’ll still follow the red/white/blue theme with fabrics that have rocket pops or fireworks printed on them. “That is what people associate with the Indy 500 – American racing,” Jess says. She should know, she’s been a racing fan all her life.

While the rompers are being made without the measurements of the men who ordered them, the customers are able to shorten the length of the legs, and the drawstring around the middle means there’s some definite wiggle room with sizing. However, for Jess, the most crucial element of the whole ensemble is the zipper down the front. It can be worn all the way zipped up (just like the pros!) or hilariously open to the navel, which we predict will happen more and more as the day goes on. Plus, as a woman who owns a few rompers, Jess knows a thing or two about the struggles of using the restroom when you’re in a one-piece. “That’s everyone’s first question for me, ‘How am I going to go to the bathroom?’ I got you.” Functional and stylish? Well that’s just good design!

Starbucks Is Honoring Our Veterans This Week With Your Help

The men and women who serve in our military are truly amazing people. These men and women devote years of their lives (if not their whole lives) to serving our country and ensuring the American liberties that our country is known for. Whether they are on the frontlines of battle, teaching in military hospitals, filing paperwork in an office setting, or mopping the deck of a ship, every person counts, and every one of them deserves a huge freakin’ high five!

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With Veteran’s Day approaching, Starbucks couldn’t agree more. The coffee company is rolling out three initiatives to say thanks to our men and women in the military branches, both past and active duty. If there’s anything anyone needs, it’s caffeine, and we’re sure that those men and women in bootcamp waking up at ungodly hours need it more than we do!

Between Nov. 1 and Nov. 11, if you purchase a $5 gift card at Starbucks, the company will donate $5 to three non-profits that serve veterans: The Mission Continues, Team Rubicon, and Team Red White and Blue. Additionally, if you want to make sure our men and women overseas stay just as caffeinated as we are, and you’re a fan of Starbucks VIA instant coffee, make sure you purchase them online. Every online purchase of VIA will be matched and shipped to military units overseas.

Wrapping up their Veteran’s Day giveback extravaganza on Veteran’s Day itself, any veteran, active duty military, and active duty military spouse can pop into a Starbucks and get a free tall coffee. Let’s caffeinate our troops!

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Thousands Of Red Poppies Spill Out Of Welsh Castle To Remember World War 1 Soldiers

A beautiful display of red poppies in Wales is leaving people awe struck and stopping them in their tracks.  Nigel Hinds, the executive producer of the exhibition, created it to honor World War 1 Soldiers.The artwork is called Weeping Window as the flowers are pouring out from a window.

“We have got over 5,000 poppies here, representing probably a fraction of the Royal Welch Fusiliers who died in the First World War,” said Tom Pipe, the projects Designer. The work marks the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, which was a battle where Welsh fusiliers played an important role.

A portion of the flowers come from a sculpture that was a part of a show at the 2014 Tower of London show which attracted five million visitors. Paul Cummins the creator the project created over 800,000 poppies;  each red flower was handmade and represents the death of a member of the Allied forces.

“The poppies have a remarkable ability to bring generations together to share stories of the First World War,” said Hinds. “Caernarfon Castle is a poignant and fitting place for Weeping Window to be presented as part of its tour of the UK.”