Woowoo Bar and Restaurant – Athens, Greece
Well, we’re in it now – the week, that is – so we may as we settle in some place pretty and comfy to spend it. To our delight, we are met with a cornucopia of red carpetry this morning; something that isn’t always ensured in a post-holiday week at the end of the year, but time and schedules have no meaning anymore and celebrities do whatever they want now, even if it means poor, hard-working simple blogger folk like us must scramble to cover multiple events at once. Anyway, that us, checking in with our plans for the day, which will also include minor dental surgery just for shits and giggles. What’s on your plate today?
12 Best Christmas Movies of 2021
‘Tis the season…for a truly unruly amount of new holiday movies.
If you’re someone who starts pulling out the Christmas tree lights as soon as the temperature dip below 60 degrees, then you’re about to have a great six weeks. This year will see a record 146 new Christmas movies air before Santa even parks his sleigh on our roofs, and that alone is reason to celebrate the spirit of the season.
Now, if you multiply 146 movies by the average, 90-minute runtime of a holiday flick, that means we’re looking at a total 219 hours of movie time premiering this year—a little over nine days, straight through—making it not impossible but highly improbable that most of us will be able to catch every single one, at least if we’re trying to view them before Christmas. Will my household try to do it anyway? Almost certainly. We’re popping some corn as we speak. But to make it a little easier, I’ve pulled out the 12 new Christmas movies I’m most excited to watch this holiday season.
So hang your stockings by the chimney with care, roast some chestnuts on an open fire, and settle in for movie time, because these are the best Christmas movies of 2021.
Creating the Costumes for the Charlatans, Hustlers, and Con Artists of Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley
Adapted from a controversial William Lindsay Gresham novel published in 1946, Guillermo del Toro’s new thriller, Nightmare Alley, is filled with charlatans, hustlers, and con artists. Bradley Cooper leads the pack as Stanton Carlisle, a charismatic carnival worker who aspires to become a big-city star—by whatever means necessary. After he learns a cold-reading technique that can deceive audiences into believing he possesses psychic powers, Stanton becomes a sensation in 1940s Buffalo.
Giorgio Armani Receives Italy’s Highest Honor, the Knight Grand Cross
Giorgio Armani received the Knight Grand Cross decorated with Grand Cordon. As Italy’s highest civilian honor, the accolade reflects both Aramni’s six-decade career in the fashion industry and his status as one of the country’s leading lights across the fashion, lifestyle, and luxury sectors.
In a private ceremony at the palace, which serves as one of the three official residences of the Italian President, Sergio Mattarella, the celebrated Italian designer was specifically awarded the honor for his services to fashion and the arts.
Gucci Family Issues Fuming Statement Over Their Portrayal in Ridley Scott’s ‘House of Gucci’
The heirs of Aldo Gucci, who was chairman of the Gucci fashion house from 1953 to 1986, have issued a statement saying they are “a bit disconcerted” about what they claim is their inaccurate portrayal in Ridley Scott’s “House of Gucci” film.
“The production of the film did not bother to consult the heirs before describing Aldo Gucci — president of the company for 30 years [played by Al Pacino in the film] — and the members of the Gucci family as thugs, ignorant and insensitive to the world around them,” the statement said.
Kristin Scott Thomas Has Embraced The Silver Hair Trend
These days, no red carpet is complete without at least one chic grey hairstyle to get the flashbulbs popping. Kristin Scott Thomas did the honours at the Fashion Awards 2021, arriving at the Royal Albert Hall on 29 November with her hair in an elegant pale blonde bob, swept into a side parting to emphasise the silver streaks at her hairline.
The simple style was the perfect finishing touch for the actor’s understated black satin gown, along with a bejewelled silver clutch bag that complemented her sparkling drop earrings.
38 Satisfying Christmas Dinner Side Dishes
Main courses like ham or roast beef may be the star of your holiday menu, but you’re going to want some tasty side dishes to accompany them, too. Think Potatoes au Gratin, Raclette-Gruyère Mac and Cheese with Pickled Shallots, and Sautéed Collard Greens with Pepperoni—yes, pepperoni—as a twist on the classic. With almost 40 to choose from, you’ll have plenty to fill your table. Read on for even more of our favorite Christmas dinner side dishes.
Harry Styles’s Viral TikTok Cardigan Gets The NFT Treatment
To coincide with the launch of the fashion-focused NFT platform xydrobe – a sort of Christie’s for virtual fashion – a hyper-realistic digital copy of one of JW Anderson’s viral pieces was created: that Harry Styles cardigan. Having taken over 300 hours in total to generate, the impressive life-like rendition of the famous cardigan was realised using graphics on a par with those used in the Marvel universe.
A Definitive Guide To The Most Dazzling Celebrity Engagement Rings
From Beyoncé’s 18-carat diamond engagement ring to the Duchess of Cambridge’s famous oval sapphire; Priyanka Chopra’s square-cut dazzler to Emma Stone and Ariana Grande’s pearl inclusions, Vogue selects the most show-stopping celebrity engagement rings worn by models, actresses, royals and musicians alike. See below for snaps of the stars’ show-stopping engagement rings up close.
Gillian Anderson on Going From ‘The Crown’ to ‘The Great’ Season 2, Teases Eleanor Roosevelt Role
Gillian Anderson opens up to The Hollywood Reporter about season 2 of Hulu’s ‘The Great,’ working on drastically different royal adaptations and her upcoming role as Eleanor Roosevelt in Showtime’s ‘The First Lady.
The 31 Most Popular Recipes of 2021, According to Food & Wine Readers
With 2021 almost at a close, editors have been looking back at all of the wonderful recipes we’ve published over the past year, from rich, savory macaroni and cheeses to smoky simmered beans. To celebrate, we’ve gathered the top 31 that were the most popular with you, our readers, and there were definitely some common themes. Chicken is always a big hit, and this year was no exception, with nine recipes making the cut, from chef Ofelia Barajas’ Chicken Mole to Nigella Lawson’s Chicken in a Pot with Lemon Orzo. You also loved recipes from our Culinary Director at Large, Justin Chapple (and you can find out how to make them on episodes of Mad Genius). The spread includes a few sweet treats, too—fudgy Coconut Macaroon Brownies, anyone? Read on for all 31 recipes to love, and rest cozily in the knowledge that with 2022 around the corner, plenty more are on the way.
Juliana Canfield Plays the Rare Succession Character Worth Rooting For
Looks like Succession fans might need Jess as much as Kendall does.
Jess Jordan, assistant to Kendall Roy at Waystar Royco, wakes up in her luxury Chelsea apartment and starts her morning routine. She might not have much of a vibrant social life considering her demanding, chaotic job at one of the most well-known media conglomerates in the world, but she’s grabbing lunch with an old friend. Before heading out the front door, she puts on a sensible stiletto, a pragmatic yet stylish choice influenced by the many times she’s had to run around Manhattan as part of remaining at the beck and call of one of New York City’s most infamous wealthy families. And of course, just as she’s on the way to the restaurant, she gets a call from her boss and has to cancel her plans.
Natasha Rothwell on Saying Farewell to Insecure and Whale Watching With Jennifer Coolidge
On Insecure, the fabulous foursome at the center of the show’s drama have always stirred up the laughs. That is largely thanks to Kelli Prenny, the group’s bold, charming, and confident friend. Though she may not always be at the center of the drama, Natasha Rothwell, who plays Kelli on screen, has turned the character into a fan favorite, making her the embodiment of growth on the series. In the fifth and final season of Issa Rae’s beloved HBO series, Kelli goes to her college reunion at Stanford only to be presumed dead by her classmates; quits drinking in an attempt to find enlightenment; and has, surprisingly, pivoted to full auntie mode with Tiffany’s (Amanda Seales) young daughter. Rothwell, who has written and produced the series for many seasons in addition to starring on it, also directed an episode of this season (and wrote a standout one in season four) in which Issa’s romantic relationship with Nathan might be on the rocks for the last time.
Copenhagen’s cultural institutions, as recommended by leading Danish creatives
In collaboration with Visit Copenhagen, the city’s official tourism agency, Wallpaper invites four great Danes – fashion designer Freya Dalsjø, chef Frederik Bille Brahe, interior and furniture designer Signe Bindslev Henriksen, and floral artist Julius Værnes Iversen – to tell us about their favourite Copenhagen museums, and how to make the most of the city’s creative scene.
Reimagining roses: experimental takes on a classic scent
Rose – the most traditional ingredient in fragrance – is being given an unconventional edge by niche perfumers and big-name brands
‘A Arose is a rose is a rose is a rose,’ said Gertrude Stein. Yet, in the world of perfumery, a rose is always much more than a rose. It is the combination of the flower’s essence with other fragrant notes that creates a unique scent. Traditionally, rose perfumes have been characterised as the olfactory equivalent to pop music – guaranteed crowdpleasers, easily accessible. Recently, however, a host of niche perfumers and big-name brands have been experimenting with rose fragrances, taking the ubiquity of the scent as a challenge to create perfumes that subvert exceptions and offer a new perspective on an old classic.
The True Meaning Behind the 12 Days of Christmas Lyrics
Fact: The famous Christmas carol originated as a game.
“The 12 Days of Christmas” is a holiday classic — and while it may not be as beloved as some of your other favorite Christmas carols, ask anyone what their true love gave them on the first day of Christmas, and they’d probably be able to sing right back, “A partridge in a pear tree!” But after hearing the song all season while shopping for gifts and attending holiday parties, you’re probably starting to wonder, what do the lyrics of this song actually mean?
Did you (or your dog) eat a suspicious mushroom? These very online mycologists want to help.
Meet the fast-growing global community that identifies fungi and plants and helps assess poison risk.
According to the National Poison Data System, nearly 7,500 known fungi cases are reported by phone in the average year in the US. But despite the existence of online databases of toxic substances and mobile identification apps, over-the-phone identification of plants and mushrooms is particularly tricky due to the location-specific nature of certain species, not to mention the challenge of trying to describe them verbally. Worldwide, there are an estimated 148,000 known fungal species and over 20,000 species of ingestible plants, with likely many more that have not yet been identified.
Who Owns a Recipe? A Plagiarism Claim Has Cookbook Authors Asking.
U.S. copyright law protects all kinds of creative material, but recipe creators are mostly powerless in an age and a business that are all about sharing.
In 2011, the cookbook editor Rux Martin noticed something unsettling on the cover of a women’s magazine: a vanilla cupcake decorated with yellow, cream and white jelly beans arranged to mimic corn kernels, a faux butter slice made from a yellow fruit chew, and black and white sugars to imitate salt and pepper.
The confection looked just like the corn-on-the-cob cupcake in “Hello, Cupcake!” a best-selling 2008 cookbook she had edited. Yet the accompanying recipe gave no credit to the authors, Alan Richardson and Karen Tack. “It was so specific, down to the corncob holders,” Ms. Tack said. “It wasn’t a twist on it. It was just like ours.”
29 Best Things to Do in San Francisco — From Famous Sites to Can’t-miss Attractions
Planning a trip to the Golden City? Here are some of the top things to do in San Francisco.
San Francisco, California constantly ranks among the 10 most visited cities in the United States. And really, it rises to the top for good reason. San Francisco is a city filled with history, attractions, delicious restaurants, and outdoor sights that have to be experienced first-hand. Ready to take your next trip to the Golden City? Here are 29 of the best things to do in San Francisco.
8 Places in Croatia Locals Love, From Under-the-radar Islands to Stunning Forests and Hilltop Towns
Here’s how to see the best of Croatia like an insider.
The coast of Croatia gets all the love — and though I was born and raised in the country, even I set my gaze on the Adriatic Sea whenever I visit. You can’t deny the beauty of hotspots like Dubrovnik and Split, but these can also come with crowds, stressed-out service, and little sense of discovery — especially during the peak summer season.
Thankfully, Croatia has more than 1,200 islands you can escape to, as well as coastal towns that remain off the radar, plus a majestic interior that spans idyllic pastoral landscapes and mighty mountains where wildlife roams. There is a lot to love in Croatia beyond the go-to tourist destinations, including some of my favorites, below.
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