Buddha Bar – Mykonos, Greece
For this highly stressful, extraordinarily disappointing week (and no, we’re not talking about the Met Gala), Lorenzo felt y’all needed to return to his absolute favorite Friday LOunge to enjoy a little luxurious serenity. The sky is yours for the rest of today. Enjoy.
How designers are celebrating a more global array of handcraft traditions
For her spring haute couture show, Dior creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri lined the runway with 22 richly embroidered, brightly colored tapestries that highlighted subjects such as the Hindu goddess Kali radiating divine feminine shakti energy. Haute couture is the ultimate celebration of handcraft and French savoir faire, but Chiuri looked farther afield than Parisian ateliers for this spectacular display of artistry, whose tapestries took between 500 and 2,800 hours each to complete, collaborating with the artist couple Madhvi and Manu Parekh and the Chanakya School of Craft in Mumbai.
How to Shop The Met Store’s New Artisanal Heirloom Project
A preview of a new, shoppable capsule collection to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Met’s reimagined Islamic Wing.
To mark the 10th anniversary of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s reimagined Islamic Wing, today The Met Store launches The Heirloom Project, a collection of exclusive products that pay homage to the traditional craftsmanship from the region. The initiative is led by creative director Madeline Weinrib, a New York–based designer known for her collections of rugs and textiles.
Olivia Rodrigo Paused Her Concert to Talk About Abortion Rights
Women’s bodies “should never be in the hands of politicians,” the singer said.
Olivia Rodrigo is using her platform for good.
The “drivers license” singer paused her Washington, D.C., concert last night to talk about the importance of abortion rights and address the leaked Supreme Court draft opinion poised to overturn Roe v. Wade.
“I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to talk about how heartbroken I am over the Supreme Court’s potential decision to overturn Roe v. Wade,” Rodrigo, 19, said, prompting a wave of cheers and applause from fans.
Mindy Kaling Is Done with Crash Diets and “Punishing” Herself with Exercise
“I refuse to put any pressure on myself about the way I look.”
“I used to be this person that would be like, ‘Okay, I have a big event coming up, the pressure’s on. I have six weeks to just like, stop eating, juice cleanse, do the boot camps’ — whatever. And I have completely let go of that… it never worked for me. It wasn’t healthy and I was in a state of deprivation,” Kaling told InStyle ahead of the Met Gala, which she attended as a guest of Prabal Gurung wearing a plunging, lilac-colored gown that showed off her diamond medallion necklace from De Beers Jewellers. “But right now, I think I’m in the best shape of my life. I’m the healthiest I’ve been. And it’s not because I’m preparing for anything! I wanna stop a cycle of yo-yo dieting and all that. I would love to never think about that again.”
Face Value: My Mother, Her Obsession With Luck, and Me
My mother had been keeping a ledger of my good and bad fortune throughout my childhood, and she didn’t like what she saw. The moles on my face, she determined, were the cause of the bad luck: I’d tripped down the concrete stairs outside our apartment complex when I was five, requiring staples in my head; I’d gotten an ‘F’ in Algebra in eighth grade. Most worrying of all, I tended easily to tears, which she attributed to the mole that lined up with my left iris and two other moles that followed my tear tracks. I understood: It was a tantalizing thought, to believe that avoiding misfortune could be so simple a matter as changing a face.
Karine Jean-Pierre Is the New White House Press Secretary
Earlier this evening, the White House announced that Karine Jean-Pierre will become the Biden administration’s new press secretary following Jen Psaki’s departure on May 13. Currently serving as the White House’s principal deputy press secretary, Jean-Pierre will be both the first Black woman and the first openly gay person to assume the role.
“Karine not only brings the experience, talent, and integrity needed for this difficult job, but she will continue to lead the way in communicating about the work of the Biden-Harris Administration on behalf of the American people,” Joe Biden said in a statement released earlier today.
A Chat With Selling Sunset Breakout Star Chelsea Lazkani
Chelsea Lazkani exudes main-character energy. The 29-year-old London-born, Los Angeles-based firecracker is the brand-new breakout star of Selling Sunset, Adam DiVello’s addictive reality sensation following the impossibly glamorous and fiercely competitive real estate agents at West Hollywood’s The Oppenheim Group. Across five sun-soaked and gloriously splashy seasons, the show features the firm’s brokers, Brett and Jason Oppenheim, and their well-heeled agents—the veteran Mary Fitzgerald, resilient Chrishell Stause, sweet Heather Rae El Moussa, hilarious Amanza Smith, entrepreneurial Emma Hernan, frequently baffling Davina Potratz, and the deliciously divisive Christine Quinn among them—selling multi-million dollar homes while engaging in drawn-out feuds.
Every Question You Have About House of the Dragon, Answered
House of the Dragon is reportedly based on George R. R. Martin’s Fire and Blood, which traces the Targaryen dynasty’s conquest of the Seven Kingdoms. As a reminder, the Targaryens originally lived within the Valyrian freehold, a civilization that spanned much of Essos, the continent east of Westeros, for thousands of years. When a series of natural disasters known as the Doom destroyed Valyria, the Targaryens fled to the island of Dragonstone (where Daenerys Targaryen memorably establishes her war council in the penultimate season of Game of Thrones).
Get Over Your Fear of Tart and Pie Crust with These No-Roll Techniques
You can create a beautiful tart crust without picking up a rolling pin
When I first got into baking, I avoided tarts as much as possible because I just couldn’t get the hang of rolling the dough. It was either too cold to roll out evenly, or I’d get it to the right thickness, slide my fingers under the edges of the dough to transfer it to the tart pan, and find a giant circle from the center had torn away and remained glued to the countertop. I’d then gather the dough in a ball again, re-flour my countertop, roll it out, and bake the crust. What I ended up with was so chewy and tough it brought back memories of the chef-instructor at culinary school who screamed “shoemakers!” at us when we presented overworked, leathery pie crusts for his approval. After that kind of wildly supportive feedback, it was no surprise that I volunteered to make anything but tarts while working in restaurant kitchens.
The 10 Most-Banned Books in America
Each one is a moving paean to self discovery, inclusivity, and the strength we find in embracing difference.
In 2021, attempts to ban books in the United States surged to their highest level since the American Library Association began tracking book challenges over two decades ago. We owe it all to right-wing agitators who’ve taken up book banning as the latest cudgel in their war to suppress inclusive conversations about race, gender, and sexuality. From Senator Ted Cruz crying about racist babies in a congressional hearing to the more insidious efforts of grassroots groups challenging books in their school libraries, the frenzy highlights a long history of conservative censorship in the United States, with some troubling new tricks. In Texas, Governor Greg Abbott instructed state agencies to block books with “overtly sexual” content (many saw this as coded language for targeting books containing LGBTQ material); meanwhile, in Florida, Governor Ron DeSantis signed a law requiring elementary schools to post searchable library databases, clearing the way for books to be targeted and removed. In an alarming dispatch from Wyoming, a prosecutor considered criminal charges against public librarians who stocked books with LGBTQ themes.
Why Porto Is the Ideal Getaway for Any Wine Lover
Visit the city and surrounding valley famous for fortified wine, where the Douro River meets the sea.
In Porto proper, the graceful iron arc of the Luís I Bridge spans the Douro River, multicolored buildings rising in tiers on either side. The vast, orange-roofed port cellars face the Bishop’s Palace and the Cathedral; the banks’ steep symmetry is breathtaking. Beyond are beautiful stone churches and houses clad in the famous azulejo tiles. It turns out that it’s as hard to stay blasé about the scenery in Porto as it is to stay hungry.
Queen Latifah Only Cares About What’s Next: ‘The Equalizer’ Season 3, Two Netflix Films and Empowering Women
Queen Latifah has thrived in the entertainment business — from music to movies and television into the beauty industry and beyond — for more than 30 years. But the Grammy and Emmy winner and Oscar nominee doesn’t take time to reflect on her successes.
“I’m always looking forward to the next thing,” Latifah says. “I don’t really rest on my laurels. I rarely stop to say, ‘Oh, damn, you did this; you were the first to get that.’ I only realize that when people introduce me for something. And I’m like, ‘Gosh, how long is this intro?’”
Lily Tomlin Breaks Down Her Career, from ‘9 to 5’ to ‘Grace and Frankie’
Lily Tomlin takes us through her iconic career, including her roles in ‘Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In,’ ‘Nashville,’ ‘9 to 5,’ ‘Big Business,’ ‘The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe,’ ‘The Magic School Bus,’ ‘The West Wing,’ ‘I Heart Huckabees’ and ‘Grace and Frankie.’
52 Happy Films That Will Lift Your Mood, From Legally Blonde To La La Land
Your evening entertainment is officially sorted
It’s important to watch a feel-good, happy film once in a while, whether it’s to cheer you up from the grey weather outside, a stressful day at work or just because you’re in need of a good, old giggle.
Whether it’s a romantic comedy like Jerry Maguire or La La Land to watch while tucked up in bed, or animated films like Up, Soul and Enchanted to accompany you while you sit with a takeaway in your pyjamas, there’s nothing quite like a film to lift your spirits.
As we all know, life is better with cheer, laughter and a bit of a singalong.
The massive, unregulated source of plastic pollution you’ve probably never heard of
“We’re making these nurdles and basically spilling oil, just in a different form.”
A nurdle is a bead of pure plastic. It is the basic building block of almost all plastic products, like some sort of synthetic ore; their creators call them “pre-production plastic pellets” or “resins.” Every year, trillions of nurdles are produced from natural gas or oil, shipped to factories around the world, and then melted and poured into molds that churn out water bottles and sewage pipes and steering wheels and the millions of other plastic products we use every day. You are almost certainly reading this story on a device that is part nurdle.
Looking back at Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon’s wedding day
The historic event was the first time that the daughter of a King had married a ‘commoner’ in centuries
There were many firsts attributed to Princess Margaret’s wedding to Antony Armstrong-Jones (created Earl of Snowdon on the day) on Friday 6 May 1960. Not only was it the first time that a King’s daughter had married a ‘commoner’ in 400 years, it was also the first ever royal wedding to be televised (300 million watched it from across the globe), and saw Margaret herself wearing a tiara that she had purchased, rather than one from the family collection.
Museum of Natural History’s Renewed Hall Holds Treasures and Pain
Its oldest gallery, Northwest Coast Hall, reopens May 13 with rare cultural objects and a fresh emphasis on the lives of Indigenous people who made them.
When the Northwest Coast Hall at the American Museum of Natural History reopens to the public on May 13, after a five-year, $19 million renovation, the spirit canoe — which was not previously shown — will be one of more than 1,000 artifacts on view. Organized by Haa’yuups and Peter Whiteley, the curator of North American ethnology at the museum, the redesigned exhibit expresses the perspectives of the 10 nations whose cultures are on display: placing an emphasis on the spiritual and functional purposes of the objects for the people who made them, and incorporating testimony from community representatives about government repression of their culture.
Manhattan Springs Back to Life
Broadway enthusiasts, art aficionados and food lovers will find new offerings in and around Times Square and in neighborhoods below 42nd Street, heralding the promise of a vibrant recovery.
During the worst months of the pandemic, Manhattan’s once teeming sidewalks were ghostly footpaths, but it was never a ghost town. Ghost towns are abandoned for good. But New York stalwarts held fast, groping their way into the light as restaurants, bars, theaters and other venues got off to wobbly starts when vaccines made it feel less fraught to venture out.
And now, suddenly, it seems, Manhattan — especially around Times Square and in neighborhoods below 42nd Street — has barreled back to life with all the things that have always lured visitors: splashy museum exhibitions, big names on Broadway, restaurants everywhere.
How a Country Chooses the Color of a Passport
The real reason why passports only come in four colors.
It’s often assumed that passport covers can only be made in shades of blue, black, green, and red. And, generally speaking, it’s pretty much true that countries opt for these dark, official-looking hues.
But it turns out that there’s no official regulation forcing these countries to select primary colors.
10 Best Countries for Americans Who Want to Live Abroad
Thinking about moving abroad? These are 10 of the best countries for American expats.
Considering a life abroad? It’s a fantasy for many with a sense of wanderlust, and yet, according to the State Department, millions of Americans are actually doing it. The idea of uprooting is far less far-fetched than it used to be, and it’s easier than ever to take the plunge with the help of globalization, frequent flier miles, and the increased freedom of working remotely. Moving abroad can appeal to just about anyone with a YOLO mentality, whether you’re a Gen Z entrepreneur, a family relocating for a new job, or a future retiree aiming to make the most of those golden years.
While there are many nations to consider for your new home, we’ve narrowed down this list of the best countries for expats by prioritizing a range of topics including safety, friendliness, quality of life, and access to culture and outdoor activities. Other major aspects to consider in your search include work-life balance and the cost of living.
Gianni Versace’s New York City Mansion Just Hit the Market for $70 Million — See the Incredible Photos
The Manhattan real estate market just got a luxury boost.
Manhattan is home to some notoriously over-the-top, multimillion-dollar penthouses and residences. And the latest one is easily one of the most opulent properties we’ve ever seen. We are talking about late designer Gianni Versace’s former townhouse that has recently come up for sale.
The elegant six-story limestone mansion sits on a quiet street on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, between Fifth and Madison avenues, and boasts 14,175 square feet of interior space. The property, which dates back to the 1950s, was completely redesigned by Versace, who purchased the building in 1995 and infused it with his signature, Italian Baroque-inspired style.
[Photo Credit: buddhabar.com]
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