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Kittens, we just want to say that if you think your week got off rough, spare a moment for your two manly hosts, who forgot they had an interview with the Wall Street Journal right up until the second the phone rang – at 9:00 this morning. But we’re pros who can course-correct on the fly, so we think we managed to spew some quotable thoughts on the upcoming Emmys and their virtual red carpet plans. At least we think we are. If the piece doesn’t run, then you’ll know we didn’t spew as well as we thought. Either way, our week kicked off with quite the unplanned jolt of adrenaline.
In related news, today is MONDAY. Our condolences.
We’re not here to serve you any jolts of adrenaline today, darlings. We’re here only to provide you with as many distractions as possible to take you out of the world and all its woes for brief respites. We’re what you look for when you’re trying to come down from a jolt of adrenaline, in other words. With that in mind, please tell us how your day’s going or what your plans for the day may be. Or better yet, skip the planning and just dive into the Menu of Daily Distractions, lovingly compiled for you by the aforementioned manly hosts:
This Magazine Editor Is Defying Gen-Z Style on TikTok
Through her page, Vigier wants to empower other women over 50 to be bold and fearless with their style as well—even on an app such as TikTok, where boomers are not the focus. “I created my website to show that women of my age have great taste, money, and freedom to do what we want, when we want,” says Vigier. “Today many women are contacting me because I have revealed another way to wear clothes with colors, shapes, fabrics, and the famous mixing and matching that I always use in my outfits.”
Taylor Swift Made The Best Gift For Katy Perry’s Newborn
Nothing quite says “welcome to the world” than a handmade gift – which is why Taylor Swift stitched the best present for Baby Bloom. Katy Perry and her actor fiancé Orlando Bloom welcomed their first child, a baby girl called Daisy, at the end of August. Since then, it appears that Swift has been embroidering a silk baby pink blanket for the little one.
Lovecraft Country’s Jurnee Smollett on Chopping Off Her Hair, Channeling Her Grandmother Onscreen, and the Importance of Black Healing
In bringing Leti’s many facets to life, Smollett explored her own nuances and vulnerabilities as a Black woman. “While she is definitely a bit of a tornado and a bit of a disruptor, we didn’t want to portray her as just a strong Black woman because that also does a disservice to us as Black women,” explains Smollett. “Then you don’t hold space for our pain, you don’t hold space for our weaknesses, you don’t hold space for our fragility. It increases this notion that we don’t need comfort, that we don’t need to be cared for, and that we can just shoulder everything on our backs.”
Kim Kardashian Is Facing Backlash Over Her New Skims Maternity Collection
Critics say the range of shapewear is sending pregnant women the wrong message.
Kim Kardashian’s new Skims maternity range hasn’t even hit the shelves, and it’s already causing controversy.
On Saturday, the reality star announced upcoming the launch of the range of shapewear she created specifically for pregnant women on social media, writing: “What you’ve been waiting for: @SKIMS Maternity is coming soon! Introducing Maternity Solutionwear that offers the best in comfort and support for your changing body during and after pregnancy.”
Queen Elizabeth Praises Entrants to Kate Middleton’s Photography Project as the Exhibition Goes Live
The Hold Still digital exhibition of 100 images goes live as the Queen praises how they have captured the “resilience” of the British people
Back in May, the Duchess of Cambridge announced she was launching a photography project alongside the UK’s National Portrait Gallery to capture a “portrait of the nation” during the coronavirus pandemic. And starting today, 100 selected images—chosen from more than 31,000 submissions—will be displayed in a special virtual exhibition.
The Queen has written a message to mark the exhibit’s launch, telling entrants: “The Duchess of Cambridge and I were inspired to see how the photographs have captured the resilience of the British people at such a challenging time, whether that is through celebrating frontline workers, recognising community spirit or showing the efforts of individuals supporting those in need.”
Sotheby’s Celebrates Hip-Hop With a Historic Sale
Until now hip-hop, a global lingua franca, has been in use seemingly everywhere but in auction rooms. That’s set to change next week when, on September 15, Sotheby’s presents its first sale dedicated to the subject.
The broad spectrum of items on offer—everything from teenage love letters written by Tupac Shakur to graffiti writer Buddy Esquire’s sketchbook—demonstrate that hip-hop has always been a multimedia genre. “It’s a cultural movement that happens to include music,” says Cassandra Hatton, Sotheby’s vice president and senior specialist, who organized the show with Monica Lynch, former president of Tommy Boy Records (and the label’s first hire), who notes, “A sale of this kind is a little bit overdue.”
7 achievable ways to read more
No time, no problem
We promise we’re going to. We really do mean to. And yet they stack up on the bedside table, gathering dust, the unread pages taunting us. What was once a requirement in infancy and a joy in adolescence has now become a burden in adulthood as we struggle to find the time (or inclination) to read an entire book. Not a magazine, a book. Often reserved for a beach break or a long fight, racking up some page-turners has more benefits than an extended vocabulary and a library wall. So, why does it feel like such an unachievable task?
Finding a Place for Third-Culture Kids in the Culture
In his new HBO series, the filmmaker Luca Guadagnino revisits a timeless yet timely question: What does it mean to be from everywhere and nowhere at once?
On a blanched, sun-baked afternoon, two teenagers, a boy and a girl, wander into a grocery store to pick up lunch. Fraser is a recent transplant from New York, and Britney a new friend who has lived her life evenly between South Korea, Germany and Italy, though you’d never know it by her American drawl or the pop music she blares through her headphones. To the viewer, the scene presents like quotidian life in the United States — but for the fact that it takes place in Veneto, Italy, on a military base where families work and attend school, their children running off every evening to dance and drink by the cerulean sea alongside their friends from town with whom they scheme and share secrets, whispered in fluent Italian. In a few years, many of them will ready themselves for a move — to another home on another military base in another country, with a supermarket configured to look exactly like this one. “They look the same so you don’t feel lost,” Britney tells Fraser. “Do you ever feel lost?” he asks. She shrugs.
Behind The Legend Of Mrs Exeter, Vogue’s First Grey-Haired Star
Even Vogue’s most casual reader of the late 1940s to the mid-1960s could not fail to miss the redoubtable “Mrs Exeter”, a role model for the magazine’s older readers. Her seasonal columns – homilies, really – were brought to life with wit, generosity of spirit and common sense, while tapping into a new Vogue market: “Fashion for the Older Woman” (as one cover matter-of-factly declared it).
Chic, unashamed of her advancing years, and determinedly upper-middle class, Mrs Exeter was a make-believe reader of a certain age, around whose recommendations and partialities stories were skilfully woven and merchandise artfully trotted out.
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