Cat Bar and Lounge – Budapest, Hungary
WELCOME TO OUR HOME. Or rather, our home as you might have imagined if you listen to our podcast and hear a constant caterwauling in the background. Despite the constant meowing that is the soundtrack to our lives, we do not, in fact, live with a hundred cats, nor is our place decorated in a cat motif; although truth be told, we do have a rather alarming amount of cat-related artwork and our Christmas tree has at least 25 cat ornaments on it – and then there’s this – okay, maybe our place is a little more theme-oriented than we’d care to admit. Anyway, we really hope none of you suffer from ailurophobia!
Today is TUESDAY. Bah. Humbug.
We’re off to drum up interesting things to distract you for a few minutes at a time, so enjoy the cats and sample freely from our distraction sampler below. Talk amongst yourselves, kittens!
“Hip-Hop Is Something You Live”—Episode 12 of In Vogue Explores the Connection Between Fashion and Music
The story begins in Harlem at Dapper Dan’s always open, always happening boutique. Dan’s approach to fashion was something akin to sampling; mixing the symbols of luxury with streetwear and swagger, to create something new that spoke to his audience. “What I was doing at the time was creating logo mania,” the tailor says. It wasn’t long before wearing a piece by Dapper Dan was a symbol that the wearer had “made it.”
MSNBC’s Rashida Jones to Be the First Black Woman to Lead a Cable News Network
Jones succeeds Phil Griffin, who has worked at MSNBC since its launch in 1996, including the last 12 years as its president, and is the chief architect of the network’s identify as a liberal alternative to Fox News, creating such media stars as Rachel Maddow, Lawrence O’Donnell and Joe Scarborough. Jones will officially assume her new post on February 1.
Season’s (and Other…) Greetings
Fans from a new digitally savvy generation are putting their stamp on the traditional greeting-card business. They’re embracing it and disrupting it—as they do.
Digital natives are, by definition, supposed to do everything online. They’re deep and vocal advocates for the environment and probably didn’t even learn cursive in school. And yet they love to send actual written-on-paper, licked-and-stamped, dropped-in-mailboxes greeting cards. It’s estimated to be a $7–$8 billion industry—one that many had forecasted as on its way to the grave. And yet, thanks to millennials and Gen Z, the incredibly analog business is experiencing a rebirth.
The Made-for-TV War for Christmas
A record 70-plus original holiday movies will air (non-stop) on the Hallmark Channel, Lifetime, and newcomer Netflix this holiday season. But when December 26 arrives, which network will reign supreme?
Over the past decade, and especially in the past few years, Christmas movies have evolved from something to put on in the background while you wrap presents, into a full-fledged programming event with networks—principally Hallmark and Lifetime, and increasingly Netflix—squaring off against each other in the race to spread Christmas cheer one sappy, predictable holiday happy ending at a time.
Royal Insiders Are Upset About Netflix’s Latest Princess Diana Tweet
Those close to the royal family were upset with Netflix’s decision to tweet the clip, which they see as doubling down on the narrative about Charles and Diana’s relationship presented in The Crown.
“It’s one thing to make a drama that not even the writer claims is entirely factual, but for Netflix to use its corporate social channels to create and post material that is one-sided at best feels like corporate trolling—it’s pretty sinister,” one royal insider said.
Game of Thrones Prequel Show, House of the Dragon, Is Coming
Here’s what you need to know about the upcoming Targaryen-focused spin-off.
Dragon lovers, rejoice. HBO has officially confirmed that it’s working on a Game of Thrones prequel show revolving around the Targaryens, called House of the Dragon.
The network made the announcement shortly after reports broke that another potential prequel show, which focused on the Age of Heroes and starred Naomi Watts, would no longer move to series.
It was first reported in September 2019 that HBO was close to ordering a pilot of a Targaryen-focused project. Now, we have a clearer idea of what’s in store for the fiery series. Here’s everything we know about House of the Dragon so far.
20 Natural Wedding Hair Ideas to Swoon Over
Straight hair? Not over here.
When it comes to bridal hair and makeup, gone are days of Eurocentric beauty standards—not to mention the pressure of straightening your hair to conform to outdated norms. “Natural hair is essential to the identity of women of color,” explains celebrity stylist, Cheryl Bergamy, who works with Ashleigh Murray, Ruth Carter, Essence Atkins, Kat Barrell, and Leslie Odoms Jr. “Now, more than ever, women are embracing their God-given texture and whipping it out in the world, displaying the beauty and uniqueness of their curls.” And with that comes endless styling options‚ “From braided up-dos to twisted soft cluster curls, there are so many elegant styles to choose from,” Bergamy explains. “For many, the wedding day is not just about loving the partner you are going to marry, but loving every inch of yourself—and that includes your hair!”
A Suitable Boy Director Mira Nair on Her South Asian Period Piece: “I Think It’s About Time”
The six-part drama is streaming now on Acorn.
A Suitable Boy is a project that’s been 27 years in the making. Mira Nair, the Oscar-nominated filmmaker who helms the series, fell in love with Vikram Seth’s novel—which follows four families in a newly independent India—when it was first released in 1993, but says now, “I didn’t do anything about it at the time in terms of making it into a film, because it was too big.”
The solution wasn’t making A Suitable Boy into a movie at all, but instead into a six-part limited series, which has been a hit around the world and premieres in the U.S. on December 7 on the streaming service Acorn TV.
Costume Designer Trish Summerville on the Glamorous Looks of ‘Mank’s’ Amanda Seyfried
Summerville discusses creating the stylish looks in black and white for the actress, who plays star Marion Davies in the new David Fincher film.
When costume designer Trish Summerville first started working on David Fincher’s new Netflix film Mank, “even people in my crew and friends were like, ‘This would probably make things so much easier.” That’s because the film is shot in black and white. In fact, though, the opposite was true. “It actually made it a bit more difficult,” says Summerville. “When you shoot in color, you have all these different shades and tones you can work with and you can do stuff that’s tone on tone.”
Gemma Chan on Working With Living Legend Meryl Streep
The British actor discusses Steven Soderbergh’s Let Them All Talk, Marvel’s Eternals, and making a thriller with her old pal Harry Styles.
Chan is gracious and unfailingly polite. She’s also politically minded, so much so that she brings up the presidential election, the global climate crisis, and the pandemic before I can. The actor nearly ended up on an entirely different career path after emerging from Oxford with a legal degree. For two years she repeatedly deferred a job offer at a law firm, then enrolled at Drama Centre London to study acting. Telling her Scottish Chinese mother and Hong Kong-born father about her change of heart was painful, she has said, because education had raised her dad out of poverty and allowed him to emigrate to the U.K. Thankfully, Chan’s acting career bloomed quickly, and her parents came around.
How to Make a Chess Set
Inspired by ‘The Queen’s Gambit,’ demand for chess sets is soaring. So why not make your own?
You don’t need a lot of equipment to get started. And unlike with a chess set you’d purchase, if you lose a piece or damage the board, you can simply construct a new piece.
Is American Dietetics a White-Bread World? These Dietitians Think So
A new generation of practitioners says the profession pays inadequate attention to different kinds of diets, body types and lives.
As the coronavirus pandemic has made Americans more aware of their health and eating habits, many have turned to registered dietitians like Ms. Wilson (or to nutritionists, who are not always required to obtain a specific education or certification). Yet the advice they get can sometimes seem more tailored to some past era than to the motley, multicultural nation the United States is in 2020.
The Best Manolo Blahnik Shoes On Screen (Besides Carrie Bradshaw’s)
Since the early ’80s, costume designers have deployed his elegant lasts to help bring to life characters ranging from peppy editorial assistants (hello, Andy Sachs), through to supremely well-dressed vampires, all with maximum impact. Some, like Carrie’s Hangisi wedding heels, are available to buy today, while others, like those created for Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette, were exclusives that never made it into stores.
Experimenting with Natural Dyes from Home to Learn More About Ancient Life
The onions, avocados, and herbs sat in the fridge, neatly packed in baggies that disguised their colorful potential. Each of these unsuspecting items could be used to dye fabrics.
Studies of painting materials from the ancient world have revealed a very sophisticated use of natural dyes as colorful pigments, going back thousands of years. Made from plants or insects, these were used not only to tint textiles but also to paint.
Striking examples of this use of color can be seen on mummy portraits, where dyes were mostly used to represent textiles. For example, two ancient mummy portraits in the Getty collection show dyes used in two ways.
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