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8 White Mini Dresses To Shop For This Summer, Just Like Kendall Jenner’s

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Kendall Jenner proved that mini dresses are the perfect summer trend & we rounded up some fabulous options that you can shop for!

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If there’s one trend that Kendall Jenner, 24, can masterfully pull off, it’s without a doubt mini dresses. The supermodel proved that a mini dress is the perfect summer outfit when she stepped out for dinner at Nobu Malibu on August 15. She showed off her long legs in a $45 Meshki Veda Thin Strap Scoop Neck Dress in the color Sand. The cotton mini hugged her frame perfectly and she accessorized her look with cream-colored Simonett Sweater Sleeves, salmon Magda Butrym Estonia Leather Mules, a gold Rachel Comey Dalid Chain Bracelet, and a cream By Far Rachel Croc Bag. Kendall loves rocking mini dresses and she’s been wearing them quite often this summer.

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Kendall Jenner was out to eat at Nobu Malibu on Aug. 15 when she rocked this $45 Meshki Veda Thin Strap Scoop Neck Dress with sweater sleeves & salmon mules. (ROGER/BACKGRID)

Kendall was out to eat at the same restaurant on Aug. 5 when she rocked a nude strapless button-down mini dress on top of a white tank top. She accessorized the look with her favorite pair of black patent leather Prada Monolith Platform Boots, an Alexander Wang Ryan Bag, a Skims Face Mask in Onyx, and a Rachel Comey Dalid Chain Bracelet.

Another one of our favorite looks was when she was out in LA on June 8 wearing a super short tight black mini dress with a black leather moto jacket on top. She topped her look off with her fave pair of chunky black leather Prada Monolith Platform Boots and a yellow zebra pattern Kwaidan Editions Lady Bag.

The best part about mini dresses is that there are a variety of ways to style them. Whether you’re going out for the night or just spending the day running errands, you can dress them up or down with a few accessories. You can style the mini with a pair of sneakers for a casual option or a pair of heels and a necklace for a fancier look. Since we loved Kendall’s white mini dress so much, we rounded up some similar options that you can shop for below!

1. Popbee Basic Slip Dress

This super soft and lightweight mini dress is the perfect casual frock. It is breathable and has adjustable straps, plus it’s available in four neutral colors. It’s simple and form-fitting which makes it fun to accessorize. Add a necklace and heels for a night out or a leather jacket and flats for a chic daytime look. $13, amazon.com
Amazon mini dress

2. PrettyLittleThing Cream Clear Strap Ribbed Scoop Back Bodycon Dress

We are loving this skintight bodycon dress which is available in five colors. It’s similar to Kendall’s dress but this frock is a bit fancier. It’s ribbed and has a low scoop back, plus, the thin straps are completely transparent so it looks strapless but gives you the support of straps. You can either dress this up or down adding a jacket or heels. $12, prettylittlething.us
PrettyLittleThing dress

3. Zevrez Basic Spaghetti Strap Slip Mini Dress

You can’t go wrong with this classic basic slip dress. Avaialble in three neutral colors, you can wear it alone or underneath a sheer dress for full coverage. It’s form-fitting, lightweight, and comfortable, plus, it has adjustable straps. The best part is, it’s super stretchy so you can wear it all day long and feel comfortable in it. $13, amazon.com
Amazon dress

4. Lacausa Mini Slip

Made in Los Angeles, this slip dress is one of our favorites. It’s made of 100% rayon which makes it loose, airy, and comfortable. It’s a bit looser than Kendall’s dress, but it’s just as sexy. You can easily throw the dress on and off and it’s not super tight so you can wear it during the day or at night. Accessorize with a belt to add some definition to the dress or throw on a blazer and wear it to work. $40, lacausaclothing.com
LACAUSA dress

5. Nasty Gal Recycled New Life Square Neck Bodycon Dress

You are going to want to live in this ribbed bodycon mini dress. Made out of recycled fabric, the square neck frock is form-fitting, lightweight, and comfortable. This piece is basically a tank top turned into a dress which makes it great for a casual daytime look or a night outfit. Add a pair of sneakers and wear it during the day, or throw on pumps and wear it for a night on the town. $12, nastygal.com
Nasty Gal dress

6. Gil Rodriguez White Lapointe Mini Tank Dress

Honestly, you can’t go wrong with this 100% cotton jersey tank dress that was made in the USA. It’s simple, classic, and to the point, which is why we love it so much. There are millions of different ways to style this dress. Whether you want to wear it with a sweatshirt on top, with a blazer or moto jacket, with heels or sneakers – no matter how you style this mini dress – it will always look fabulous. $55, ssense.com
SSense dress

7. Windsor Classic Basic Mini

This is the ultimate bodycon mini dress. The fully lined ribbed knit frock has super thin stretchy bungee straps and because it’s full lined, you don’t have to worry about it being see-through. Add a pair of stilettos and you are totally set for a fun night out. Plus, it also comes in black so you can alternate dresses whenever you want! $25, windsorstore.com
Windsor dress

8. ASOS DESIGN square neck rib mini dress with split in white

You will be obsessed with this soft cotton jersey bodycon dress. It has thin spaghetti straps and a fitted bodice with a cinched in waist. Our favorite part of the dress is the thigh high slit on the side of the skirt that is subtle but sexy. The slit is high enough to show some leg, but not too high that it makes it too sexy. Wear it with sandals and a headband for a fun summer day, or pair it with heels and a chunky necklace for a fun night out. $19, asos.com
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Netflix is developing a live action ‘Assassin’s Creed’ show

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Netflix announced this morning that it’s partnering with Ubisoft to adapt the game publisher’s “Assassin’s Creed” franchise into a live action series.

The franchise jumps around in history, telling the story of a secret society of assassins with “genetic memory” and their centuries-long battle the knights templar. It has sold 155 million games worldwide and was also turned into a nearly incomprehensible 2016 film starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, which underperformed at the box office.

The companies say that they’re currently looking for a showrunner. Jason Altman and Danielle Kreinik of Ubisoft’s film and television division will serve as executive producers. (In addition to working on adaptations of Ubisoft’s intellectual property, the publisher is also involved in the Apple TV+ industry comedy “Mythic Quest.”)

“We’re excited to partner with Ubisoft and bring to life the rich, multilayered storytelling that Assassin’s Creed is beloved for,” said Netflix’s vice president of original series Peter Friedlander in a statement. “From its breathtaking historical worlds and massive global appeal as one of the best selling video game franchises of all time, we are committed to carefully crafting epic and thrilling entertainment based on this distinct IP and provide a deeper dive for fans and our members around the world to enjoy.”

It sounds like there could be follow-up shows as well, with the announcement saying that Netflix and Ubisoft will “tap into the iconic video game’s trove of dynamic stories with global mass appeal for adaptations of live action, animated, and anime series.”

Netflix recently placed an eight-episode order for “Resident Evil,” another video game franchise that was previously adapted for the big screen. And it also had a big hit with its adaptation of “The Witcher,” which is based on a fantasy book series that was popularized via video games.

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Original Content podcast: ‘Lovecraft Country’ is gloriously bonkers

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As we tried to recap the first season of HBO’s “Lovecraft Country,” one thing became clear: The show is pretty nuts.

The story begins by sending Atticus “Tic” Freeman (Jonathan Majors), his friend Leti Lewis (Jurnee Smolett) and his uncle George (Courtney B. Vance) on a road trip across mid-’50s America in search of Tic’s missing father. You might assume that the search will occupy the entire season, or take even longer than that; instead, the initial storyline is wrapped up quickly.

And while there’s a story running through the whole season, most of the episodes are relatively self-contained, offering their own versions on various horror and science fiction tropes. There’s a haunted house episode, an Indiana Jones episode, a time travel episode and more.

The show isn’t perfect — the writing can be clunky, the special effects cheesy and cheap-looking. But at its best, it does an impressive job of mixing increasingly outlandish plots, creepy monsters (with plentiful gore) and a healthy dose of politics.

After all, “Lovecraft Country” (adapted form a book by Matt Ruff) is named after notoriously racist horror writer H.P. Lovecraft, but it focuses almost entirely on Black characters, making the case that old genres can be reinvigorated with diverse casts and a rethinking of political assumptions.

In addition to reviewing the show, the latest episode of the Original Content podcast also includes a discussion of Netflix earnings, the new season of “The Bachelorette” and the end of Quibi.

You can listen in the player below, subscribe using Apple Podcasts or find us in your podcast player of choice. If you like the show, please let us know by leaving a review on Apple. You can also follow us on Twitter or send us feedback directly. (Or suggest shows and movies for us to review!)

And if you’d like to skip ahead, here’s how the episode breaks down:
0:00 Intro
0:36 Netflix discussion
3:18 “The Bachelorette”
6:30 Quibi
14:35 “Lovecraft Country” review
31:32 “Lovecraft Country” spoiler discussion

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The short, strange life of Quibi

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“All that is left now is to offer a profound apology for disappointing you and, ultimately, for letting you down,” Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman wrote, closing out an open letter posted to Medium. “We cannot thank you enough for being there with us, and for us, every step of the way.”

With that, the founding executives confirmed the rumors and put Quibi to bed, a little more than six months after launching the service.

Starting a business is an impossibly difficult task under nearly any conditions, but even in a world that’s littered with high-profile failures, the streaming service’s swan song was remarkable for both its dramatically brief lifespan and the amount of money the company managed to raise (and spend) during that time.

A month ahead of its commercial launch, Quibi announced that it had raised another $750 million. That second round of funding brought the yet-to-launch streaming service’s funding up to $1.75 billion — roughly the same as the gross domestic product of Belize, give or take $100 million.

“We concluded a very successful second raise which will provide Quibi with a strong cash runway,” CFO Ambereen Toubassy told the press at the time. “This round of $750 million gives us tremendous flexibility and the financial wherewithal to build content and technology that consumers embrace.”

Quibi’s second funding round brought the yet-to-launch streaming service’s funding up to $1.75 billion — roughly the same as the gross domestic product of Belize, give or take $100 million.

From a financial perspective, Quibi had reason to be hopeful. Its fundraising ambitions were matched only by the aggressiveness with which it planned to spend that money. At the beginning of the year, Whitman touted the company’s plans to spend up to $100,000 per minute of programming — $6 million per hour. The executive proudly contrasted the jaw-dropping sum to the estimated $500 to $5,000 an hour spent by YouTube creators.

For Whitman and Katzenberg — best known for their respective reigns at HP and Disney — money was key to success in an already crowded marketplace. $1 billion was a drop in the bucket compared to the $17.3 billion Netflix was expected to spend on original content in 2020, but it was a start.

Following in the footsteps of Apple, who had also recently announced plans to spend $1 billion to launch its own fledgling streaming service, the company was enlisting A-List talent, from Steven Spielberg, Guillermo del Toro and Ridley Scott to Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Lopez and LeBron James. If your name carried any sort of clout in Hollywood boardrooms, Quibi would happily cut you a check, seemingly regardless of content specifics.

Quibi’s strategy primarily defined itself by itself by its constraints. In hopes of attracting younger millennial and Gen Z, the company’s content would be not just mobile-first, but mobile-only. There would be no smart TV app, no Chromecast or AirPlay compatibility. Pricing, while low compared to the competition, was similarly off-putting. After a 90-day free trial, $4.99 got you an ad-supported subscription. And boy howdy, were there ads. Ads upon ads. Ads all the way down. Paying another $3 a month would make them go away.

Technological constraints and Terms of Service fine print forbade screen shots — a fundamental understanding of how content goes viral in 2020 (though, to be fair, one shared with other competing streaming services). Amusingly, the inability to share content led to videos like this one of director Sam Raimi’s perplexingly earnest “The Golden Arm.”

It features a built-on laugh track from viewers as Emmy winner Rachel Brosnahan lies in a hospital bed after refusing to remove a golden prosthetic. It’s an allegory, surely, but not one intentionally played for laughs. Many of the videos that did ultimately make the rounds on social media were regarded as a curiosity — strange artifacts from a nascent streaming service that made little sense on paper.

Most notable of all, however, were the “quick bites” that gave the service its confusingly pronounced name. Each program would be served in 5-10 minute chunks. The list included films acquired by the service, sliced up into “chapters.” Notably, the service didn’t actually purchase the content outright; instead, rights were set to revert to their creators after seven years. Meanwhile, after two years, content partners were able to “reassemble” the chunks back into a movie for distribution.

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