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Good morning. It’s MONDAY. We have decided to be uncharacteristically happy about that news. We know there’s really only one thing on everyone’s minds this morning and we won’t tell you not to talk about the election results, but bear in mind we’re not a politics site and try to keep things conversationally light and frivolous – for all our sakes.
We have provided you with an agenda of conversation-starters and ice-breakers. Feel free to use them as much as you want.
As First Lady, Jill Biden Will Make History for Working Women
“I like working,” Jill Biden told me. “Like so many of your readers, I’m a working woman. [Teaching is] my passion. That’s what I love doing. That has been my career and really a major focus in my life, so I feel like I could handle it and do everything else that first ladies want to do.” Though her decision has been called insane by some, Jill seems determined and prepared. She already kept up her full-time professorial duties as the second lady during two terms of the Obama administration. “Teaching is not what Jill does,” Joe Biden said in his wife’s Democratic National Convention introduction video. “It’s who she is.”
Another Great Thing About Biden’s Win: There’s Going to Be a Dog in the White House Again!
That’s right—not only have Americans elected Biden and Kamala Harris, but also Biden’s two German shepherds, Champ and Major. (Future vice president Harris does not currently have a pet but is on the record as being pro-dog.) I could wax poetic for days about Champ, who has been with the Bidens since 2008, and Major, who the Bidens fostered and then adopted from the Delaware Humane Society in 2018. They’re loyal, just like Biden, and it’s clear that they have a special relationship with the president-to-be. But Champ and Major moving into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue isn’t just about photo ops; it represents the White House coming back to life.
Galliano. McQueen. Chalayan. McCartney. These London Libertines “Created Their Own Rules”
It was London—not Paris or New York—that set the 1960s swinging. The city became a mecca for youth. Mary Quant dressed them in miniskirts, the Beatles made them dance. The party was epic, but so was the recovery. With the exception of punk, it wasn’t until the late 1980s and 1990s that the capital was shaken awake again by a new generation of iconoclasts. As In Vogue host Hamish Bowles summarizes: “The young London designers of the 1990s broke the rules because they wanted clothes to be a part of the world we live in, and they wanted their designs to interrogate our world as well.”
Joy Reid on Dressing For Election Night on TV and 2020’s Unprecedented Vote
Being a woman in the spotlight comes with a special set of pressures—namely, scrutiny of her hair and wardrobe choices. Though Reid has fun with fashion, she’s aware of the stress that comes with dressing for television. “There was an era when to be a woman in the news you had to be the slightly more feminine version of a male anchor,” she says. “You wore a blazer, and maybe it could have a bow on it, but you had to dress in this restrictive way.” Reid recalls the firestorm that even wearing a print could cause when she entered the field in 1997. “I remember it being a big controversy in our newsroom when one of the anchors wanted to wear a leopard top,” she says. “It was a war with our news director.”
The Most Iconic Shoe Moments in Film
From Dorothy’s ruby red slippers to Andy’s Chanel boots in The Devil Wears Prada.
More than 80 years ago, the world was graced with an all-American classic: The Wizard of Oz. While no one knows exactly when women’s love affair with shoes began, there’s no doubt that Dorothy helped teach us the importance of good footwear. Since then, there have been many more memorable shoe moments in film—from Princess Leia’s gray moccasin boots to Andy’s Chanel boots in The Devil Wears Prada. See the best shoe moments in movies throughout the years, ahead.
Michelle Obama Pays Tribute To The ‘First Black And Indian-American Woman Vice President, Kamala Harris’
Following the official announcement that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris had won the 2020 presidential election, former First Lady Michelle Obama paid tribute to Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris’s run. Obama shared a post of Harris and Biden on her Instagram, recognizing Harris’s history-making run as the first Black and Indian woman to run as vice president on a major political party’s ticket in the U.S.
What Does Britain’s Remembrance Day Poppy Symbolize?
A brief history of the tradition that commemorates those who lost their lives at war.
If you’re a fan of the royal family, you’ve probably seen its members wear red paper flowers from time to time. But that floral pin is more than just a fashion statement—it’s steeped in significance.
Once a year in November, Brits (the Queen included) honor fallen troops by wearing a crimson poppy. A century-old tradition, the flower has now come to symbolize hope and gratitude. But how did it get its meaning?
The Woman Who Built Beethoven’s Pianos
Nannette Streicher has been marginalized by history, but she was one of Europe’s finest keyboard manufacturers.
In the margin, the British publisher Vincent Novello writes that the document was given to him by “Mrs. Streiker” — “one of Beethoven’s oldest and most sincere friends.” Nannette Streicher’s marginalized place in history is encapsulated in these scribbled lines. While she was indeed one of the closest friends of Beethoven, whose 250th birthday will be celebrated this December, she was also one of the finest piano builders in Europe. She owned her own company — employing her husband, Andreas Streicher, a pianist and teacher, to handle sales, bookkeeping and business correspondence. But many Beethoven scholars, perhaps finding it inconceivable that an 18th-century woman could build a piano, have turned Andreas into the manufacturer and Nannette into his shadowy helpmate.
A Sweet, Simple Menu of Thanksgiving Recipes for Two
Tiny is the new big this holiday season, and making a small meal can be just as festive — and a whole lot easier — than a feast.
The whole point of Thanksgiving is to go big: a huge turkey surrounded by a bevy of sides and what’s never too many pies, all devoured by relatives who may or may not be under the influence of free-flowing wine. That’s the way the holiday usually goes. Not so this year. Given the pandemic, current guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention rate small Thanksgiving dinners confined to members of your household as the lowest-risk way to celebrate the holiday. Tiny is the new big for Thanksgiving 2020, and, for many people, that means dinner for two. But a Thanksgiving for two can be just as festive and delicious as a feast for 12 — with the distinct advantage that there’s a lot less to clean up when it’s over. It’s simply a matter of scaling the proportions way down.
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