Mezzanotte Bar and Lounge, Milan, Italy
Meet you in Milan today, darlings! We figured you needed something bright, airy and fabulous to kick things off for you. And by “you,” we mean “we,” of course. The mark of successful blogging is solipsism, kittens! No one ever mentions that, but it’s true.
Anyway, today is MONDAY. There, there. It’ll all be over soon enough.
We had ourselves a semi-productive weekend. We did some long-form writing, took care of a whole host of site issues (the true mark of successful blogging is that 90% of your work winds up going unseen or un-noticed), finished painting the bedroom, hung a whole bunch of artwork, and generally took care of the household while avoiding the world outside. It’s just too hot to spend our time dodging people. We did, however, mark a huge transitional moment in our lockdown: we went inside a store to do exactly 90 seconds of “shopping,” although we’d really classify it as “grabbing.” That’s a big deal for us! We literally have not been inside a space other than our home in 135 days. It’s the little things – although truth be told, it felt like the exact opposite of a little thing at the time.
In other news that may be of more use to you, we have once again lovingly curated a menu of distractions to help you get through your day. Please feel free to make use of it:
This Octogenarian Couple Is the Only Style Inspiration We Need
Wanji and Sho-er own a laundromat in Taiwan and have been having what appears to be a great time styling the wares left behind by forgetful customers—pairing Chuck Taylors with pencil skirts, coordinating tan suits, donning any number of cool hats from buckets and berets to baseball caps, and owning some very plaid separates and rock tees.
A pile of discarded clothes, a grandson with a good eye, a camera, and a playful approach to styling turned out to be just the distraction the stylish seniors needed. The result is some fire ‘fits for us to see, and a new social media hobby for a pair that’s truly #couplegoals.
Olivia de Havilland, Sophisticated Star of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Dies at 104
The two-time Oscar winner, so memorable in ‘Gone With the Wind,’ ‘The Adventures of Robin Hood,’ ‘The Snake Pit’ and ‘The Heiress,’ broke free of Warner Bros. with a watershed court triumph in the 1940s.
De Havilland captured her best actress Oscar statuettes for To Each His Own (1946), in which she played an unwed mother who is forced to give up her baby and loves him from afar, and The Heiress (1949), where she starred as a vulnerable woman who falls hard for a handsome journeyman (Montgomery Clift) against the wishes of her emotionally abusive father (Ralph Richardson). She was the oldest surviving Oscar-winning actor.
The Queen Attends a Virtual Unveiling of Her Newest Portrait
This is the first time a royal portrait has been revealed via video call.
A new portrait of the queen has been revealed, painted as a “lasting tribute to Her Majesty’s service.”
In true modern style, the monarch saw the painting for the first time via her computer screen as she watched the official unveiling during a video call. This is the first time in history that a royal portrait has been unveiled virtually.
Despite being 94 years old, the queen proved her sharpness by quipping that the tea cup in the artwork had no tea in it. Miriam Escofet, who painted the portrait commissioned by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), told the queen that she had included a hidden symbol in the painting—the insignia of the FCO—painted on a tea cup.
On Marie Curie, Pierre Curie, and the Properties of Radium: The True Story Behind Radioactive
The new film dives into many lesser-known aspects of the Curies’ lives, like their interest in the occult, and Marie’s headline-grabbing affair.
I loved this woman who is unapologetic. I loved this woman who is uncompromising. I love this woman who really does not care, because she does not have the time to care about what people may think about her,” explains Marjane Satrapi, Persepolis author and director of the newly-released Marie Curie biopic, Radioactive. “She wants to do her job.”
A Look Back at Movie Star Olivia de Havilland’s Incredible Life In Photos
The golden age actress died peacefully in her sleep on Saturday. She was 104 years old.
Olivia de Havilland passed away peacefully in her sleep on Saturday. The legendary actress was 104 years old. In honor of her incredible legacy, we’re taking a look back at her life in photos. Read on for pictures from her iconic role in Gone with the Wind to her appearance at the 75th Annual Academy Awards.
Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton’s Relationship Wasn’t What It Seemed, According to New Book
When Meghan Markle first joined the royal family, everyone imagined she would instantly become BFFs with sister-in-law Kate Middleton, however, their relationship never evolved past being polite with one another. According to a new book Finding Freedom, written by royal reporters Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, the pair had only a “cordial but distant rapport.”
In an excerpt published by the U.K. Times, the authors provided a behind-the-scenes look at life within the “institution,” including the alleged tension between Meghan and Kate. “The two duchesses’ relationship had struggled to move past the distant politeness of when they first met,” the biographers wrote, adding that this was completely obvious when they attended the the King Power Royal Charity Polo Day together last summer — two months after Meghan gave birth to baby Archie.
The Fall 2020 Couture Season Was Defined by Surrealism, Spirits, and Circus Mirror Distortions
This was anything but business as usual. While Olivier Rousteing’s #BalmainsurSeine event was aired on TikTok, and Ralph & Russo introduced a digitally created avatar, it was a season of collaborative fashion films. This is a format that seems here to stay in some aspect or another, as the videos make the metier accessible to many more people than would ever be able to be seated in a room, especially with social distancing measures in place.
Lacking access to new fabrics, many designers, including Iris van Herpen, created clothing using materials they had at hand (a practice already in place at Ronald van der Kemp). Upcycling and repurposing are concepts that are becoming increasingly popular in ready-to-wear as the industry grapples with sustainability, but they are perhaps more provocative in couture where a “make do and mend” mindset sits strangely next to that of hot-house exclusivity.
What’s New on Netflix in August
The weather is only getting hotter, but luckily, there’s a whole new selection of Netflix treats to curl up with and binge on in the safe haven of an air-conditioned bedroom. Below, take a look at some of the films and shows we’re most looking forward to, as well as a full list of everything hitting the site in August.
Airbnb Italy: 12 Of The Most Beautiful Italian Airbnbs, From Rome To Florence
Find la dolce vita in these charming Airbnbs around Italy.
Maybe you have a trip to Rome in mind or feel like taking in the glamour of the Italian Lakes – whatever your plans we’re sure you’ll adore these Airbnbs in Italy.
Charming inside and out, our pick of self-catering stays offer outstanding views, stylish decor worthy of the pages of an interiors magazine and authenticity for you to do Italy like the Italians.
Expect a traditional Apulian trullo, a rustic stone villa overlooking the islands of Lake Maggiore and an apartment Airbnb in Rome that’s housed in a palazzo and fit for a royal.
Take a tour inside the best Airbnbs in Italy, from Rome to Florence.
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