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Looking sharp is part of being the best "you" you can be. Along with a put-together wardrobe, a chic and fashionable briefcase shows off your personality and sense of style. Not to mention, it holds all your belongings in an organized manner as you transport your work needs from point A to point B. Here are seven briefcase options you'll love.

Cabrelli Victoria Houndstooth Laptop Rollerbrief

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Roll into the office with a rollerbrief that is functional and fashionable. With the Cabrelli Victoria Houndstooth Laptop Rollerbrief, you can either carry your bag the "old fashioned" way or pull it along on wheels. The black and white houndstooth design is classic and cool, matches with any outfit, and is super-roomy for your laptop and other personal belongings. The front pocket is perfect for items you need to access easily, like your keys or compact. On sale now, so snap one up and add some "wow" to the workplace.

Cost: $159.99

Dasein Slim Briefcase with Removable Shoulder Strap

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Sleek and smooth, and available in 10 vibrant colors, Dasein Slim Briefcase with Removable Shoulder Strap is elegant and easy, perfect for stashing your business essentials. Filled with lots of useful fully-lined compartments and made with easy-to-clean fabric, the well-structured briefcase is as user-friendly as it is fashion-forward. Carry by the handle or throw over your shoulder and you're off to the office looking put-together and well-prepared.

Cost: $39.99

Scully Squadron School Bag

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Leather has never looked better than it does on this school/office bag. Scully Squadron School Bag is rugged and rich-looking, with plenty of room for all the workplace essentials. There is a handle and an adjustable shoulder strap, providing carrying convenience for on-the-go types who like to change it up. The metal hardware accents are classic and add a nice finishing touch to an all-over in-style bag. The rich chocolate brown shade is super-luxe-looking and never goes out of style. Style up your suit and tie with a Scully Squadron on your side.

Cost: $356.00

Timberland Nantasket Briefcase

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Canvas and leather make for a winning combo as they pair up to put together this Timberland Nantasket Briefcase. Roomy and well-made, this briefcase is designed to hold office gear neatly, and there is even a padded laptop/tablet sleeve for extra protection for your valuables. The straps are adjustable and removable, and the pockets provide lots of additional storage space for items of all sizes. The navy blue/brown color duo is stylish and simple, perfect for use every day, any season.

Cost: $230.00

J.W. Hulme Co. Portfolio Briefcase

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Handmade and handsome, the J.W. Hulme Co. Portfolio Briefcase in graystone canvas is super-sophisticated and ultra-stylish, proving a classic and creative design makes a briefcase brilliant. Solid brass hardware provides the finishing touches that make this briefcase high-end and elegant. The leather trim and handles are of the best quality and the roominess is generous yet compact at the same time. This bag comes in all-leather too - in black, and two shades of brown.

Cost: $675.00

Clava Unisex Tuscan Top Handle Brief

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Soft leather is so lovely, making the Clava Unisex Tuscan Top Handle Brief stylish and smooth. Lots of pockets, slots, and compartments are perfect for the uber-organizer who prides themselves on being neat and coordinated. There's a shoulder strap that can be detached when not in use and is adjustable to fit your body. This briefcase comes in three rich colors – café, black, and tan – neutrals that work well with any wardrobe.

Cost: $158.99

Solo Pilot Slim Brief

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For the minimalist who doesn't have much to lug to work but still needs a carry-all for the day-to-day, the Solo Pilot Slim Brief is a sensible briefcase that is affordable and attractive. Padded for protecting laptops and tablets, the fabric bag is durable and detailed with classy trimming and handles. The gray/tan combo is neutral and understated so it goes well with any attire. Slim is in, and Solo Pilot is keeping it sleek.

Cost: $24.99

For more bags from buckets to backpacks and everything in-between, check out these beautiful bags for the career woman. Carry it all with chic confidence!

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Over the past month, both Haiti and Afghanistan have been pummeled by tragic disasters that left devastation in their wake.

In Haiti, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake erupted, leading over to 2,189 deaths and counting. A few hours later, in Afghanistan, Kabul fell to the Taliban just after U.S. troops had pulled out after 20 years of war.

In many ways, these disasters are both chillingly connected to US interference. The United States invaded Haiti in 1915, ostensibly promising to restore order after a presidential assassination but really intending to preserve the route to the Panama Canal and to defend US creditors, among other reasons.

But the US forces soon realized that they were not able to control the country alone, and so formed an army of Haitian enlistees, powered by US air power and intended to quell Haitian insurrection against US controls. Then, in 1934, the US pulled out on its own, disappointed with how slow progress was going. Haiti's institutions were never really able to rebuild themselves, leaving them immensely vulnerable to natural disasters.

Something similar happened in Afghanistan, where the US sent troops and supported an insurgent Afghan army – only to pull out, abandoning the country they left in ruins, with many Afghans supporting the Taliban.

In both cases, defense contractors benefited by far the most from the conflict, making billions in profits while civilians faced fallout and devastation. While the conflicts and circumstances are extremely different and while the US is obviously not solely to blame for either crisis, it's hard not to see the US-based roots of these disasters.

Today, in Haiti and Afghanistan, civilians are facing unimaginable tragedy.

Here are charities offering support in Afghanistan:

1. The International Rescue Committee is looking to raise $10 million to deliver aid directly to Afghanistan

2. CARE is matching donations for an Afghanistan relief fund. They are providing food, shelter, and water to families in need; a donation of $89.50 covers 1 family's emergency needs for a month.

3. Women for Women International is matching donations up to 500,000 for Afghan women, who will be facing unimaginable horrors under Taliban control.


4. AfghanAid offers support for people living in remote regions of Afghanistan.

5. VitalVoices supports female leaders and changemakers and survivors of gender-based violence around the world.

Here are charities offering support in Haiti:

1. Partners in Health has been working with Haiti for a long time, and they work with the Department of Health rather than around them, which is extremely important in a charity.

2. Health Equity International helps run Saint Boniface Hospital, a hospital in Haiti close to the earthquake's epicenter.

3. SOIL is an organization based Haiti, "a local organization with a track record of supporting after natural disasters." They are distributing hygiene kits and provisions on the ground to hospitals and to victims of the earthquake.

4. Hope for Haiti has been working in emergency response in Haiti for three decades, and their team is comprised of people who live and work in Haiti. They focus on supporting children and people in need across Haiti.

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When the new Tiffany's campaign was unveiled, reactions were mixed.

Tiffany's, the iconic jewelry brand which does not (despite what some might be misled to believe) in fact serve breakfast, featured Jay Z, Beyoncé, and a rare Basquiat painting in their recent campaign.

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Road trips can be a lot of fun — but they can also drain your wallet quickly if you aren't careful.

From high gas costs and park admission fares to lodging and the price of eating out every night, the expenses can add up quickly. But at the same time, it's very possible to do road trips cheaply and efficiently. Without the headache of worrying about how much money you're leaking, you can enjoy the open road a whole lot more. Here's how to save money on a road trip.

1. Prepare Your Budget, Route, and Packing List in Advance

If you want to save money on a road trip, be sure you're ready to go. Try to count up all your expenses before you hit the road and create a budget. It's also a good idea to plan your route in advance so you don't end up taking unnecessary, gas-guzzling detours. And finally, be sure to pack in advance so you don't find yourself having to buy tons of things you forgot along the way.

2. Book Cheap Accommodations — Or Try Camping

All those motel rooms can add up surprisingly quick, but camping is often cheap or free, and it's a great way to get intimate with the place you're visiting. You can check the Bureau of Land Management's website for free campsites. Freecampsite.com also provides great information on If you don't have a tent or don't want to camp every night, try booking cheap Airbnbs or booking hotels in advance, making sure to compare prices.

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If you're planning on sleeping in your car, a few tips: WalMart allows all-night parking, as do many 24-hour gyms. (Buying a membership to Planet Fitness or something like it also gives you a great place to stop, shower, and recharge while on the road).

3. Bring Food From Home

Don't go on a road trip expecting to subsist on fast food alone. You'll wind up feeling like shit, and it'll drain your pocketbook stunningly quickly. Instead, be sure to bring food from home. Consider buying a gas stove and a coffee pot for easy on-the-go meals, and make sure you bring substantial snacks to satiate midday or late night cravings so you can avoid getting those late night Mickey D's expeditions.

Try bringing your own cooler, filling it with easy stuff for breakfast and lunch — some bread and peanut butter and jelly will go a long way. Bring your own utensils, plates, and napkins, and avoid buying bottled water by packing some big water jugs and a reusable water bottle. Alternatively, try staying at hotels or Airbnbs with kitchens so you can cook there.

4. Avoid Tolls

Apps like Google Maps and Waze point out toll locations, so be sure to avoid those to save those pennies. (If it takes you too far off route, you might have to bite the bullet and drive across that expensive bridge).

You can also save on parking fees by using sites like Parkopedia.

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5. Save on Gas

Gas can get pricy incredibly fast, so be sure that you're stopping at cheap gas stations. Free apps like GasBuddy help you find the most affordable gas prices in the area. Also, try going the speed limit on the highways — anything faster will burn through your tank. Be sure that you don't wait till you arrive at touristy locations or big cities to fill up.

6. Get a National Park Pass

All those parks can get really expensive really fast. If you're planning on visiting three or more parks, it's a great idea to get an America the Beautiful National Parks Pass. For $80 you can get into every National Park for one year.