Naiboli Poolside Bar and Lounge at The Nautilus Maldives – Thiladhoo Island, Maldives
Darlings, take it all in. Bask in it. Bathe in it. Today is FRIDAY and you have more than earned this LOunge. We will not ruin it with our silly words. Besides, we’ve got a TON of silly-word content to get out today, so we’ll leave you to the LOunge while we get down to it. Talk amongst yourselves, kittens! Bon weekend!
The Rise (And Rise) Of The Latinx Model
The reigning—and emerging—faces redefining beauty standards now.
Happily, we’ve come a long way in the past decade. Today’s reigning models with Latinx heritage are almost too numerous to list. Among those who reflect growing diversity in the larger industry are Dilone, Lineisy Montero, Manuela Sanchez, Brandi Quinones, Mica Argañaraz, Devyn Garcia, Paloma Elsesser, and Denise Bidot, who collectively represent a spectrum of sizes, hairstyles (close-cropped! curly!), and skin tones. But there’s a difference between more diverse casting and true progress, warns Bidot, who recalls being on sets even within the past few years where she felt stereotyped by the clothing she was asked to model. “There was a client who always found a way to put me in the red dress or the animal print,” Bidot says. “I had to be like, ‘You know, there’s a fundamental problem with why you think that out of the four girls here, I’m the one who always looks best in [these outfits]. That’s pre-programming [stemming] from your misconception of what the Latin woman wants to wear.’ ”
Wellness Mommy Bloggers and the Cultish Language They Use
By employing certain words and phrases, social media-savvy mothers are able to create insulated online environments and ultimately spread dangerous misinformation.
There’s a certain subset of momfluencers on Instagram who appear, at first glance, to be like any other “nice white mommies” on the Internet. This particular type of momfluencer smiles gently in reels as she declares, with calm authority, that Western medicine will “threaten” mothers in order to inject their babies with “neurotoxins.” She upholds “free birth” and denounces “unnatural” hospital births, which are “designed to sever optimal attachment.” She warns her followers against “normalizing formula” and urges them to “break free” from the “misogyny” of viewing medical practitioners as “saviors” “in control” of childbirth. She evokes “biological law” to support her belief (which is referred to as “the truth”) that correct “mammalian birth” necessitates “freedom” from “objectively damaging influences” such as a baby being born “under the influence of an epidural,” which “obliterates” ideal maternal bonding.
50 Cookie Recipes to Put on Repeat
Chocoalte chip. Crunchy peanut butter. Spiced gingerbread. Cookies can bring so much joy with just one bite, and in this roundup, we’ve gathered 50 (50!) different recipes for all kinds of occasions. Want cookies for breakfast? We have one for peanut butter breakfast cookies. Feeling celebratory? You can’t go wrong with funfetti cookies. Read on for those recipes, and even more cookie recipes to try.
The Instagram Guide to Santorini, Greece
The island has all of the #views you could possibly imagine—and yes, it looks exactly like the pictures!
Part of what makes Santorini so special and different from all the other Greek islands is the land itself, so it’s a good idea to do a bit of research before you depart. While Santorini used to be one big island, it’s actually now an archipelago of five islands, thanks to several volcanic eruptions that broke it up over the past couple thousand years. The biggest of the five islands is Thira, though most people just call this one Santorini, as it’s home to pretty much all of the hotels and action. The other four islands are Thirasia, Aspronisi, Nea Kameni, and Palea Kameni, though they’re collectively known as Santorini.
Where Is ‘Nine Perfect Strangers’ Filmed?
The show is set in California but filmed in Byron Bay, Australia.
We’ve never wanted to be transported into a TV show more than in the first episode of Nine Perfect Strangers. The new Hulu series from David E. Kelley, based on Liane Moriarty’s book of the same name, follows the nine guests of Tranquillum House, an exclusive wellness resort run by a Russian guru named Masha, played by Nicole Kidman. Though Masha’s methods are pretty intense, requiring guests to give up all electronics and at one point dig their own graves, the gorgeous forest and amenities offered at the retreat make us wonder if downing a few smoothies would be worth 10 days of luxurious rest.
Though the show is set in Northern California, the show was filmed in a more secluded location. The COVID-19 pandemic upended creators’ original plans to film in Big Sur, so the production moved to locations in author Moriarty’s native Australia. Here’s what we know about the real-life estates where Nine Perfect Strangers was filmed.
‘The Great British Baking Show’ 2021: What We Know
You’ll get to see a new batch of bakers return to the tent this fall.
The Great British Baking Show has been a balm during the last few stormy years, with fans tuning in to watch bakers attempt complicated recipes while offering each other more encouragement than harsh competition. Luckily for us, Netflix has announced that TV’s most heartwarming competition show will return very soon—in the fall of 2021, to be exact.
For those who are new to the show, the British baking competition, known in the U.K. as The Great British Bake Off, takes place over several weeks of challenges. Judges have amateur bakers make complicated cakes, biscuits (British for cookies), breads and pastries. One contestant gets crowned the “Star Baker” each week, with another getting eliminated. At the end, one baker wins the show’s famous engraved cake stand.
Now’s the Time to Visit Sonoma County’s Most Wine-Friendly Town
Healdsburg hasn’t been nearly as gussied up as much of Napa Valley, and though it’s the premier destination for Sonoma County wine tourism, it still feels like an actual town.
Here’s how you get to Healdsburg, California. First, have yourself born into an Italian family near Lucca in the late 1800s. Then, as a young woman, realizing you will never inherit any of your family’s land, immigrate to America by yourself at age 19. Arrive in New York, make your way across the country alone by train, and get to San Francisco just after the disastrous earthquake of 1906. There, meet an industrious carpenter (also Italian), marry him, and convince him to move north of the city to a one-dirt-road town called “Healdsburg” to start a winery. At least, if your name is Letizia Rafanelli, that’s how you do it.
The rest of us, well, we get on a plane.
Style Icon Iris Apfel Turns 100 This Month, and She’s Celebrating With Work
She signed a four-year modeling contract at 97. See what projects this Badass Woman put in motion for her 100th birthday, August 29.
Legendary style icon Iris Apfel, who turns 100 this week, is living proof that you’re only as old as you feel. “Everything about turning 100 is fantastic, but I really do believe that I’m still the world’s oldest teenager,” she jokes. The secret to her youthful joie de vivre? Equal parts passion and drive.
After starting the fabric house Old World Weavers in 1950 with her late husband Carl, Apfel worked for decades as an interior designer, even helping with décor and restoration projects at the White House for nine different presidents. While she always had impeccable personal style and an eye for fashion, the industry didn’t officially come calling until much later. “My first big job in fashion came when I was 84, so as cliché as it is, age really is just a number to me,” she says. “But being passionate about my projects and putting my heart and soul into them has kept me young. That’s why I’ll never stop working.”
How Blake Lively Conquered the Red Carpet
Blake Lively is in a class by herself. As a performer, Lively distinguished herself early with parts in teen classics like The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and Gossip Girl, but her real impact goes beyond acting. Lively, who turns 34 today, has become one of the most emulated women in the world when it comes to fashion. Her red carpet style is crowd-pleasing, and she uses clothing to accentuate her assets. A fan of French luxury mainstays (Chanel and Dior) and classic American sportswear (Michael Kors and Ralph Lauren), Lively has an eclectic wardrobe boasting a variety of designers and themes united in their sultriness. Fans who were first captivated by Serena van der Woodsen’s uncomplicated boho style may find themselves disappointed, though the sheer amount of eye-catching fashion that Lively has been able to experiment with in real life over the years makes up for it.
In Oslo, Anne Karine Thorbjørnsen Shows Sculptures Informed by Fashion
Fashion can sometimes feel like a bad romance—maybe especially for independent designers like Anne Karine Thornbjørnsen who compete against the industry Goliaths. Finding herself with two feet, as she put it, instead of one in a system that didn’t work for her, in 2019 Thornbjørnsen shut her London-based business and moved back to Norway, living first in Oslo and now further out on a farm. Her two feet are definitely out of the system there, but Thornbjørnsen’s desire to create has returned. Her new work, “Drapery Studies,” is an exhibition of fabric sculptures that aren’t fashion per se but are certainly informed by it. You might say she has dipped a toe back in the business’s glittering waters. Here, she talks about her new work and the challenges facing independent designers.
Camila Cabello And Billy Porter’s Reimagined ‘Cinderella’ Is A High Fashion Fairytale
Unlike her predecessors Camila Cabello’s “Ella” doesn’t aspire to life as a royal, instead she’s busy building a fashion empire. The heroine’s shift from dreamer to proactive entrepreneur makes for a different kind of narrative, one the forces behind the project hope will inspire young girls. “It is a completely new telling of the story. I feel like other fairytales have values that are more antiquated and don’t reflect women accurately,” shared Cabello from Los Angeles. “In this Cinderella, she has dreams and ambitions, and she wants to save herself, not have a prince or anybody else save her.”
Chris Pine’s 10 Best Performances, From Captain Kirk to Cinderella’s Prince
From a reimagined beloved starship captain to a bachelor in distress, there’s not much that actor Chris Pine cannot do in the Hollywood space. So in honor of the actor’s birthday, we are counting down the best film performances of his career so far.
Born in Los Angeles, Pine crept onto the Hollywood scene as Lord Nicholas Devereaux in his feature debut in the sequel, “The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement” (2004) from director Garry Marshall and starring Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews. After popping up in the underrated action flick “Smokin’ Aces” (2006), he took command of the Starship Enterprise in J.J. Abrams’ reboot film series, “Star Trek” (2009) and its sequels. From there, he’s quietly established himself as a continuously interesting and exciting presence in the films he inhabits.
It’s time to rethink air conditioning
Air conditioning warms the planet. Here’s how to break a vicious cycle.
What if the most American symbol of unsustainable consumption isn’t the automobile, but the air conditioner? In cool indoor spaces, it’s easy to forget that billions of people around the world don’t have cooling — and that air conditioning is worsening the warming that it’s supposed to protect us from.
There are alternatives: We can build public cooling spaces and smarter cities, with fixes like white paint and more greenery. Some experts have hailed heat pump technology as a more efficient option. But as the planet warms and more of its inhabitants have spare income, AC sales are increasing. Ten air conditioners will be sold every second for the next 30 years, according to a United Nations estimate. Access to air conditioning can literally mean life or death for the young, elderly, and those with medical conditions such as compromised immune systems.
The staggering, exhausting, invisible costs of caring for America’s elderly
As millions “age in place,” millions more must figure out how to provide their loved ones with increasingly complex care.
Some older adults have diligently prepared for their future. They purchased long-term care insurance when it was still affordable, then paid the premiums each month, even as they continued to rise. This is not the norm. Many adults have no plan at all, or assume that Medicare, which currently kicks in at age 65, will cover their health costs. Medicare, however, doesn’t cover the long-term daily care — whether in the home or in a full-time nursing facility — that millions of aging Americans require. For that, you either need to pay out of pocket (the median yearly cost of in-home care with a home health aide in 2020 was $54,912, and the median cost for a private room in a nursing home was $105,850) or have less than $2,000 in assets so that you can qualify for Medicaid, which provides health care, including home health care, for more than 80 million low-income Americans. Even if you qualify, the waiting list for home care assistance for those with Medicaid tops 800,000 people and has an average wait time of more than three years.
4 lessons from the early pandemic that no longer apply
We need new mental models to make sense of the pandemic as it exists today.
Back in the blissfully naive days of early 2020, when you heard about the emerging pandemic and the coming lockdowns, you might have thought to yourself: I really don’t want to get Covid-19, so I’ll just be extremely careful for a while and wait till the virus goes away — then I’ll go back to normal!
The public health messaging seemed to support this wait-it-out strategy. People were told to stay home as much as possible, “flatten the curve” so as not to overwhelm our local hospitals, and hang tight until the vaccines arrived.
Now, the vaccines have arrived (for those of us fortunate enough to be in a rich country, at least). But the reality is bleaker than we’d hoped. “Covid is not going away,” said Krutika Kuppalli, an infectious disease expert at the Medical University of South Carolina. “It’s going to be endemic.” That means the virus will keep circulating in parts of the global population for years, but it’ll come down to relatively manageable levels, so it becomes more like the flu than a world-stopping disease.
My nemesis, the piano
Learning to not be perfect, one note at a time.
A few years ago, my husband Matt offered to get me a digital piano for my 41st birthday. A digital piano is like a keyboard, except the keys are weighted and it feels more like playing a real piano than the Casio you might have had in the corner of your bedroom as a teenager. Matt knew that I had taken piano lessons as a kid, but I’d stopped in seventh grade, right around the age when the idea of spending Saturday mornings at music school started to feel less appealing than, say, going to the mall.
I was game for a digital piano, but skeptical — it was a really extravagant gift, and I wasn’t sure I was actually going to play it that often. But Matt was persistent. He reminded me that I’d idly mentioned wanting to play the piano again, but to me, I’d brought it up in the same way that I might casually say I wanted to try skydiving, which is to say it was something I would never actually follow through on. Still, when he suggested we go to a music store just to look, I agreed. At Guitar Center, we found one that seemed, well, perfect. I sat down and tested it out. “Okay,” I said. “Let’s get it.”
The enduring style of Truman Capote’s Swans, on Gloria Guinness’s 109th birthday
On the anniversary of the late Gloria Guinness’s birth, we look the enduring style of his Swans: the women who froze him out after he caricatured them in his unpublished novel, ‘Answered Prayers’
Truman Capote once said, ‘style is what you are,’ and no one was more stylish than his inner-circle of wealthy, beautiful female friends. Dubbed ‘Swans’, they were the most glamorous women of his day, society beauties who had married well and who knew how to spend their money well, too. ‘Why not create a whole aesthetic ambiente?’ he said. ‘Be your own living work of art?’ Each had their own story to tell: he was not simply a collector of trophy wives. From Gloria Guinness, whose rags-to-riches tale surely belongs on the silver screen, to Princess Lee Radziwill, Jackie Kennedy’s sister who married into European royalty, these are the original ‘It’ girls who inspired the Breakfast at Tiffany’s writer, and whose style reigns eternal.
Princess Diana’s memorial statue to be open to the public on death anniversary
Royal fans can pay tribute to the People’s Princess, 24 years on from her untimely passing
Next week brings with it a poignant milestone, as Tuesday 31 August marks 24 years since the tragic death of the late Diana, Princess of Wales. Those who wish to pay tribute to the People’s Princess will be able to do so at the recently unveiled memorial statue of the royal in the Kensington Palace Gardens, which is to be open outside of its usual times especially for the significant day.
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