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It’s TUESDAY, dammit. Let’s all gather in a rich, luxe LOunge with really flattering lighting and shut out the rest of the world for the day. Nature flipped a switch outside our windows and we went from a warm, sunny October to the dreariest November morning you ever saw. We feel the need to make apple cider donuts and stay inside all day. Fortunately, we work from home, so we can still bring you all that warm, home-cooked content while we act like lazy bitches. Sample from our Buffet of Distractions and tell us the best Halloween costume you saw this year.
Christina Applegate Embraces Her New Normal — With the Most Glamorous Walking Sticks
After her MS diagnosis, the actress is proving that she doesn’t just talk the talk, she walks the walk.
In the Netflix series Dead To Me, Christina Applegate stars as Jen Harding, a widow who has a few issues with the truth. But unlike Jen, Applegate sees honesty as the best policy.
On Thursday night, Applegate revealed to the Twittersphere — and the rest of the world, that as she prepares to re-enter public life, the use of walking sticks has become her “new normal.” In the tweet, with an accompanying photo of a quartet of custom walking sticks, Applegate writes, “I have a very important ceremony coming up. This will be my first time out since [sic] diagnosed with MS.”
60 Movies Guaranteed To Make You Cry Every Time
Sad Girls assemble.
Sometimes you just need to have yourself a good cry. Nothing beats the cathartic release of a good sob, whether it’s while you’re listening to Adele on a long drive or while you’re smushed between strangers on the train. A deep emotional purge is good—dare we say, necessary—every once in a while, and these emotional films can certainly help with that. For the nights when romances and whodunnits won’t cut it, turn to these tear-jerkers that pull at the heartstrings in the best and most brutal ways possible.
Here, we’ve rounded up 60 of the best sad movies to watch when you just want to get in your feelings.
15 Grown-Up Vanilla Perfumes That Don’t Smell Like A Bakery
Inviting and seductive, but still playful.
We’re in the throes of cozy season, which means pumpkin spice lattes have been ordered, deep, fall-inspired nail polishes have been applied, and toasty, spicy candles have been lit. Still, you haven’t truly embraced cozy season until your vanilla-based perfumes take the starting spots in your weekly scent rotation. Vanilla perfumes didn’t ask to be the scent du jour for cold-weather months, but they understand how big of a responsibility it is. After all, few notes can make you feel as warm, sophisticated, and sweet as vanilla, and it works best when combined with spices (like pink pepper and saffron) and florals (like patchouli and jasmine).
The Crown‘s Vanessa Kirby Wants to Dress Like a ’60s Style Icon
For a Cartier dinner in Paris, she opted for an Alexander McQueen look inspired by the era.
Vanessa Kirby has a simple, but very effective, style formula: elegant, fuss-free silhouettes, 1960s-inspired beauty and really great jewellery. It’s a recipe she’s successfully honed over her years in the spotlight, working closely with stylist Ryan Hastings (who has also been working with Bones & All actress Taylor Russell) to create a wardrobe and aesthetic that feels both classic and contemporary—and very Vanessa Kirby.
The actress invited us to join her in Paris for the evening where she was getting ready to attend a dinner celebrating the reopening of Cartier’s historic flagship boutique at 13, rue de la Paix, which has been closed for a two-year renovation project. She turned to one of her favourite designers for the evening, Alexander McQueen’s Sarah Burton, wearing a fitted dress with a cut-away bodice, and a pair of metallic strappy heels.
A New Cookbook Dives Into the Weird and Wonderful World of Mushrooms
It’s safe to say that mushrooms are, well, in vogue. Over the past year, the world of fashion has worn its love for shrooms on its sleeve, whether in Iris Van Herpen’s undulating fungal frills for spring 2021, Sarah Burton’s trippy mycelia embroidery for Alexander McQueen fall 2022, or Jonathan Anderson’s curiously toadstool-like collection for fall 2021. In the beauty and wellness sphere, everyone’s talking about the anti-inflammatory properties of mushrooms in skincare products, while the phenomenon of psilocybin microdosing is showing no signs of stopping. And that’s without even mentioning the ubiquitous mushroom lamps of all shapes and sizes taking over TikTok.
Even so, there’s still nowhere like the kitchen to really get the best out of fungi—and for photographer Andrea Gentl, the “diverse, healthy, adaptogenic magic mycelia of the fungi kingdom” has been an obsession since she was a child. Like the aforementioned designers, Gentl was first excited by the aesthetic of mushrooms, constantly drawing them as a kid. Later, as she developed her career as a food photographer, mushrooms became her “constant muse,” as she writes in her new book, Cooking With Mushrooms.
On Broadway, Weighing the Risks and Rewards of Staging Some Like It Hot
Let’s get the dirty work out of the way: It might not be a great idea to adapt Some Like It Hot into a Broadway musical. Those who know the original 1959 Billy Wilder film often adore it: the romp, the caper, the costumes! It’s a farce with a heart of gold, telling the story of two Prohibition-era male jazz musicians who bear accidental witness to a gangster shoot-up and then go on tour—in drag—with an all-girl band in order to escape the thugs.
But never mind the improbable plot (film critic Manohla Dargis once wrote that the entire movie feels as though “it was directed inside gigantic quotation marks”); the film is really all about the performances.
Why Chefs Have Loved Garum Since Ancient Times
The Roman fermented fish sauce is retaking the spotlight in restaurant kitchens.
You won’t find much — if any — mention of garum, the fermented fish-based condiment, on the menus at the San Francisco restaurants Saison or Angler. But a few dribbles of this umami-rich elixir make diners croon, “Mmm, what is that?”. You’ll find garum in dishes ranging from dry-aged amberjack crudo with fish head adobo to aged Wagyu with blistered chicory and jus.
“Actually, it is used pretty much everywhere throughout our menu,” says Paul Chung, culinary director over both Saison Hospitality restaurants. “Garum is one of those things where it’s pure umami in the sense that it isn’t based on soy. It’s similar, except, it’s just salt and heat and the pure essence of the protein, so it’s a little bit cleaner, but with a lot of depth.”
Dunkin’ Releases Tiny Donut Boxes Full of Chocolates
The chain is expanding its partnership with Frankford Candy for its most donut-like chocolates yet.
Dunkin’ may have its share of savory options — you can pop in to grab a tea and a bagel and be on your way. But the chain tends to be more about a sweet treats with its focus on donuts and flavored drinks. So in some ways, Dunkin’s recent partnership with Frankford Candy just cuts to the chase, because this holiday season, you can literally buy a small Dunkin’ box full of donut-inspired chocolates.
Frankford Candy — which makes branded products ranging from Oreo to Marvel to Super Mario — first teamed up with Dunkin’ last year to launch two collaborative products: Dunkin’ Iced Coffee Flavored Jelly Beans and Dunkin’ Hot Chocolate Bombs, the latter of which were released in the lead-up to Christmas. This season, the two brands are back again, not only with new varieties of Hot Chocolate Bombs but also a brand new creation, the Dunkin’ Box O’ Chocolates.
The Right-Wing Mothers Fuelling the School-Board Wars
Moms for Liberty claims that teachers are indoctrinating students with dangerous ideologies. But what is the group’s aim?
In August, 2020, Williamson County Schools, which serves more than forty thousand students in suburban Nashville, started using an English and Language Arts curriculum called Wit & Wisdom. The program, which is published by Great Minds, a company based in Washington, D.C., wasn’t a renegade choice: hundreds of school districts nationwide had adopted it. Both Massachusetts and Louisiana—states with sharply different political profiles—gave Wit & Wisdom high approval ratings.
The decision had followed a strict process. The Tennessee State Board of Education governs academic standards and updates them every five or six years, providing school districts with an opportunity to switch curricula. Williamson County Schools assembled a selection committee—twenty-six parents, twenty-eight elementary-school teachers of English and Language Arts. The committee presented four options to teachers, who voted on them in February, 2020. Wit & Wisdom was the overwhelming favorite. After the selection committee ratified the teachers’ choice, the school board, which has twelve members, unanimously adopted Wit & Wisdom, along with a traditional phonics program, for K-5 students.
Experts stunned by ‘extremely rare’ piece of clothing made by Queen Elizabeth I
The 500-year-old sleeve is believed to be the first example of its kind to exist
An ‘extremely rare’ 500-year-old textile piece made by Elizabeth I and her Ladies in Waiting was discovered on an episode of Antiques Roadshow this weekend. Author and lecturer Hilary Kay was reportedly left ‘stunned’ after she was presented with a 16th-century bedspread and pillowcases as well as an ivory silk satin sleeve and sleeve support.
While filming at the Grade I listed Wollaton Hall in Nottingham (which was built in 1588 by baron Sir Francis Willoughby) on Sunday, the items, once belonging to the Willoughby family, were described as ‘exceptional’. ‘It is such an exciting moment to be faced with something from the 16th Century which is in such incredible condition’, Kay said.
Madonna’s son, Rocco Ritchie, hosts exhibition in his mother’s LA hair salon
Having previously showcased his work in London under the pseudonym ‘Rhed’, new reports suggest Rocco is now exhibiting his paintings across the pond
It came as quite the surprise when it emerged that Rocco Ritchie, 22, son of Madonna and Guy Ritchie, had been painting under the pseudonym ‘Rhed’, now showcasing his work via Instagram under the name ‘Maison Rhed’. There have since been reports that the young artist has launched an exhibition in Los Angeles, displaying his work at an unconventional venue: Hollywood salon Andy LeCompte, owned by the man who cuts Madonna’s hair, according to Richard Eden in the Daily Mail.
This Thanksgiving, Make a Jell-O Salad Instead of Cranberry Sauce
This throwback is good enough to replace the canned stuff.
In a 1952 “Better Homes and Gardens” recipe for “Lime Cheese Salad,” an otherworldly combination of vinegar, grated onion, cottage cheese and mayonnaise is suspended in a lurid green fruit gelatin. “Six delighted people will love the unusual flavor of this easy-to-make, wonderful-to-eat, Jell-O salad,” the magazine advertisement reads. It can be difficult to imagine a world in which this “unusual flavor” is highlighted, on purpose, to increase sales of boxed Jell-O.
Your Challenge? Turn an Old Rug Into a New Fall Jacket.
In “Upcycle Nation,” a fashion competition premiering this week on Fuse TV, contestants reimagine previously used items as wearable designs.
For Thommy Douglass the assignment was a test of grit. He had just five hours to whip up a men’s coat made from a heap of castoffs: jeans, an old wedding dress and threadbare tweed jackets.
The task, set by the producers of “Upcycle Nation,” a new television fashion competition, rattled him. Mr. Douglass, 35, a contestant on the show, which will begin streaming on Nov. 2 on Fuse TV, has been making and selling elaborate corsets, silk tops and denim skirts from scraps for the past two years. He sells them on Depop and ReMuse, his e-commerce site on Etsy. But he had never designed clothes for men or worked in a television studio.
“You are catapulted into an environment you’re not used to,” he said. “You’re working with machinery that isn’t yours. So the level of nerves really kicks in.”
The Best Types of Yarn to Use for Arm Knitting
Quickly stitch together blankets, sweaters, and cowls of grand size—no needles required.
Getting the hang of it can take some time but the results are worth it. The main thing to keep in mind is practice. “Arm knitting is easy to learn, just be patient with yourself as you are learning a new skill,” says Weil. Start by practicing something simple and then move onto more complex stitch patterns or shaped projects. Over time it will become as natural to you as traditional knitting.
Another difference is the type of yarn you use. Traditional knitting projects use yarn that is less dense in thickness than the type of yarn you will use for arm knitting. While there are a variety of brands and weights to choose from, there is one type to avoid. “I do not recommend wool roving that is untreated,” Weil says. “Though it is the correct size for arm knitting and will look fantastic at first, it will pill and shed wool quickly.”
Mushroom Powder Is the Ultimate Way to Add Umami to All Kinds of Dishes—Here’s How to Use It in Your Cooking
Fungi advocate and cookbook author Andrea Gentl explains why this is a food trend to get on board with—plus, how to make your own mushroom powder at home.
What if someone told you there’s an incredibly easy way to add umami to your home cooked meals, from a fluffy egg scramble at breakfast to a late night chocolate indulgence? You might be surprised to learn that the secret lies in an ingredient that’s as accessible as any number of spices you already have in your pantry, with flavors that are just as varied and wide-ranging—from soft and subtle to pungent and pronounced. That ingredient is mushroom powder.
The Power of Ofrendas on Día de los Muertos
In Healdsburg, California, the largely Latinx workforce contends with the influx of tourists to wine country. Alma Vigil’s custom-made ofrendas for Dia de los Muertos bridge the divide.
When you Google the city of Healdsburg, California, the most significant results are links to the town’s tasting rooms and coveted restaurants. However, a few steps further from the Healdsburg Plaza is Alma’s Oilcloth and Chucherias, owned by Alma Vigil, who has been making small altars for 10 years.
The store features all kinds of Mexican cultural products, but the most coveted items are the Día de los Muertos altars and ofrendas Vigil makes by hand—pieces so special, they have put her business on the map and given her success for years. On her Instagram, a little over 50,000 people follow her. Vigil’s work is painstakingly precise. Usually, altars—or ofrendas—are made with boxes or tables to create three tiers. A picture of the deceased is placed in one tier, and food and decorations are placed in the other levels. Marigold flowers known as cempasúchil are used as decoration, and it is believed they guide loved ones to the altar. The tradition is rooted in Aztec beliefs about honoring the dead; later on, the practice became intertwined with Catholic traditions. It is celebrated on November 1 (All Saints’ Day, which celebrates children who have died) and November 2 (All Souls’ Day, which celebrates adults).
Lavender Country’s Patrick Haggerty, Pioneering Queer Country Singer, Dead at 78
The band’s 1973 cult-classic album Lavender Country influenced scores of artists to adopt the “queer country” label
PATRICK HAGGERTY, THE leader of the pioneering queer country-folk musical project Lavender Country, died Monday from complications related to a stroke he had suffered in September. Haggerty’s manager confirmed the singer’s death. He was 78.
Born Sept. 27, 1944, Haggerty grew up in a large family in Port Angeles, Washington, the son of a dairy farmer and homemaker. He has noted in interviews that his parents were both accepting of his sexuality, though the rest of the world hadn’t yet caught up — in 1966, he was discharged from the Peace Corps for being gay. Haggerty later moved to Seattle, where he became involved with gay rights activism including the Gay Liberation Front. He also began identifying as a socialist after an eye-opening trip to Cuba in the 1970s.
Lavender Country was formed in 1972 with Haggerty, Michael Carr, Eve Morris, and Robert Hammerstrom. While their self-titled debut album was released in 1973 and limited to just one thousand copies, it was radical and well ahead of its time in the way it fearlessly chronicled queer experiences in country-flavored songs like “Cryin’ These Cocksucking Tears,” “Come Out Singing,” and “Back in the Closet Again.”
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