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It’s THURSDAY and we’re in the mood for some classic Parisian eleganza right now. We had to cut our work day short yesterday because one of us (Tom) woke up with a brutal stomach bug and needed to set aside time to curl up in a ball, groan, and beg God for forgiveness. The good news is, it was a 24-hour bug. The other good news is that we have a backlog of posts to get to, so you should be fully entertained for the rest of the day, assuming we do our jobs correctly. We’re off to the content mines with our little picks and shovels. Chat amongst yourselves.
Christine McVie, Fleetwood Mac Singer-Songwriter, Dies at 79
Singer-songwriter-keyboardist Christine McVie, who enjoyed a long tenure in the London-bred band Fleetwood Mac before becoming a key contributor to the group’s multi-platinum success of the late ‘70s, died Nov. 30 after a short illness. She was 79.
Her family released a statement, saying: “On behalf of Christine McVie’s family, it is with a heavy heart we are informing you of Christine’s death. She passed away peacefully at hospital this morning, Wednesday, November 30th 2022, following a short illness. She was in the company of her family. We kindly ask that you respect the family’s privacy at this extremely painful time, and we would like everyone to keep Christine in their hearts and remember the life of an incredible human being, and revered musician who was loved universally. RIP Christine McVie.”
Royal aide Lady Susan Hussey resigns after making ‘unacceptable’ comments about race to charity founder at event hosted by Queen Consort
Ngozi Fulani, founder and chief executive of domestic abuse charity Sistah Space, says she was left ‘stunned’ at Buckingham Palace
Lady Susan Hussey, the late Queen Elizabeth II’s lady-in-waiting, has resigned as a royal aide amid a race row after asking ‘unacceptable and deeply regrettable’ questions about the background of a Black domestic abuse campaigner at a reception hosted by the Queen Consort on Tuesday.
Ngozi Fulani, founder and chief executive of London-based domestic abuse charity Sistah Space, says she was left ‘stunned’ after Lady Susan repeatedly asked where she was ‘really from’ at the event.
Lady Susan, 83, is the Prince of Wales’s godmother and was made lady of the household by King Charles III. A spokesperson for Prince William said ‘racism has no place in our society. The comments were unacceptable, and it is right that the individual has stepped aside with immediate effect’.
The Long History of Native American Adoptions
The Supreme Court will decide a case that affects Native children and their adoptive families. Although both sides claim to have children’s best interest at heart, removing kids from Native communities has a troubled history in America.
There are 574 tribal nations within the United States. These are the successors to the precolonial independent nations that once ruled the territory that is now the United States and have become “domestic dependent nations,” as the Supreme Court first described them back in 1831. Native American tribes are an inspiring testament to what it means for people to love their countries so much, they ensured their survival, no matter the odds. Tribes survived not only violent conquest, but long and brutal periods of colonial rule during which the United States made it federal policy to try to dismantle tribal lands, borders, culture, and political identity. It is no accident that many of these efforts to dismantle tribes targeted tribal children.
The Story Behind Jackie Kennedy’s Dazzling Toi Et Moi Engagement Ring
Given her status as a style icon, it’s no surprise that Jackie Kennedy’s dazzling engagement ring has provided inspiration for countless brides over the years. The toi et moi design from French jeweller Van Cleef & Arpels comprised a 2.88-carat diamond and a 2.84-carat emerald, both emerald-cut, on a band of baguette-cut emeralds and diamonds.
Toi et moi—which translates as “you and me” and features two gemstones nestled side by side—has enjoyed a surge in popularity of late, with the likes of Ariana Grande, Kylie Jenner, and Megan Fox all sporting the romantic design. But the style actually dates back centuries, with Napoleon Bonaparte proposing to Josephine de Beauharnais with one in 1796.
The Best European Christmas Markets to Visit This Winter
There’s nothing quite like Christmas markets to offer a much-needed dose of holiday season splendor. Is there anywhere else where it’s acceptable to saunter about with a hearty mug of mulled wine in one hand, an even larger potato pancake in the other, while blowing your budget on handcrafted ornaments and posing for photos in front of an artisanal Santa sleigh? The answer, we can confidently say, is no.
If you’re especially lucky, you might even find yourself exploring a charming European Christmas market this winter—a bucket list item for travelers with a proclivity for unfettered cheer. A natural place to start when curating an itinerary is Germany, and for good reason: it is, after all, the birthplace of the Christmas market, with Dresden’s Striezelmarkt first springing up all the way back in 1434.
Here’s the Most Popular Christmas Candy in Every State
For most of America, Christmas isn’t all about the candy canes.
The Christmas season is officially here. That means that not only are Santa’s elves ramping up their toy production, but the number crunchers over at CandyStore.com are back with their annual look at the changing trends in Christmas candy popularity.
So far this year, the online bulk candy retailer — which has become as well-known for candy data as is has for actually selling the stuff — offered their take on Valentine’s Day and Halloween candy trends. For this list, CandyStore.com says they received feedback from over 16,000 of their customers, and then coupled that observational data from the manufacturers and distributors they work with to determine the most popular Christmastime candies in every state — and to look at the larger macro-trends that emerged from those findings. Two candies apparently saw notable declines from last year.
‘Glass Onion’s’ Greatest Looks, From Kate Hudson’s Hypnotizing Rainbow Dress to Daniel Craig’s Old-School Swimming Suit
How do you follow up Chris Evans in a deliciously dilapidated cable-knit sweater? That was the daunting task ahead of costume designer Jenny Eagan as she returned to the world of director Rian Johnson’s “Knives Out” for its sequel, “Glass Onion.”
“This film comes along, and of course, the logic is: ‘What’s gonna be the sweater?’ Oh my gosh, don’t put the pressure on!” Eagan tells Variety. “I tried to put it out of my mind because there was just more room to play, have fun and get into each character. They’re just a little bit wilder and crazier.”
“Glass Onion,” in theaters now and streaming Dec. 28 on Netflix, features an all-star ensemble including Janelle Monae, Kathryn Hahn, Dave Bautista and Leslie Odom Jr.. The group of friends are invited to spend a weekend on a private Greek Island owned by their friend Miles Bron, played by Edward Norton.
Cartier Are Evolving Perfume Into A Multi-Sensory Immersive Experience
The brand’s latest immersive fragrance pop-up, OSNI 2, is landing in Paris.
Perfume belongs in a bottle, right? According to iconic luxury jewellers and fragrance house, Cartier, that’s not always the case. In fact, their latest immersive pop-up invites you to experience perfume in an entirely new way, one where spraying a fragrance bottle becomes irrelevant.
We’re talking about OSNI 2. The second of Cartier’s immersive perfume experiences, OSNI 2 is landing in Paris this December with the aim to transform the way we smell perfume. The brand’s mission to take perfume out of the bottle and allow the public to discover scent in a totally new format is what inspired the original OSNI, or as Cartier call it, the first Unidentified Scented Object, back in 2017.
The Question At The Heart Of The Joan Didion Auction
When the auction of Joan Didion’s belongings was itemised, news outlets such as the New York Times lauded the highly publicised sale as a unique “opportunity to acquire a piece of her legacy” – as if the act of buying something from her estate could potentially be a way to acquire a piece of her soul. Every object tells a story. But what happens when an artefact becomes a conduit to something far greater? What happens when an everyday object becomes more than just a thing on a shelf, when it transubstantiates beyond what is expected?
Make Some Room for The White Lotus’s Leo Woodall
He may have joined the outrageous ensemble cast of the HBO series three episodes into its second season, but the London-based actor is demanding our attention.
Before viewers of The White Lotus find out the name of the Essex lad introduced at the end of season two’s third episode, they learn he has sensitive nipples. It’s the first thing Leo Woodall’s character (whose name is Jack, by the way) says during a late-night dip in the pool next to Haley Lu Richardson’s existentially distressed Portia. It could have been a throwaway moment, one of creator Mike White’s famous easter eggs. But in the next episode, when Portia and Tanya arrive at the beach club for an afternoon of drinking with their new “gays,” there’s Jack—sensitive nipples and all.
The Surprisingly Rich History of Guerlain’s Bee Bottle
A 19th-century fragrance is still generating a lot of buzz.
What to give the woman who has everything? It’s a question that consumed Pierre-François-Pascal Guerlain when he was tasked with creating a fragrance to commemorate Empress Eugénie’s marriage to Napoleon III, in 1853. While the perfumer got to work on blending notes of bergamot, lemon, neroli, and petitgrain, he turned to the master glassmaker Pochet du Courval to design a bottle that was as stylish and memorable as its spirited young recipient.
Guerlain’s fragrance, Eau de Cologne Impériale, was presented in a distinctive flacon engraved with the emperor’s coat of arms and adorned with bees—a long-standing emblem of the French empire—hand-gilded with fine gold. Its cylindrical design was inspired by the Napoleon I column in the Place Vendôme in Paris, located just a spritz away from Guerlain’s first boutique. The perfume earned the company the title “Official Supplier to Her Majesty the Empress” and the admiration of the ladies at court. After Empress Eugénie, Guerlain’s royal customers included Queen Victoria of Great Britain and Queen Isabella II of Spain.
Inside James Cameron’s Billion-Dollar Bet on ‘Avatar’
The director on spending a decade of his life — not to mention hundreds of Disney’s millions — to make ‘Avatar: The Way of Water,’ the long-awaited second film in his ambitious and risky franchise: “There’s skepticism in the marketplace. Can anybody even remember the characters’ names? We’ll see what happens after this film.”
In Avatar: The Way of Water, which Disney will release Dec. 16, Cameron takes the stakes to the home— albeit an alien home, where Mom and Dad are blue and 9 feet tall. “I thought, ‘I’m going to work out a lot of my stuff, artistically, that I’ve gone through as a parent of five kids,’” Cameron says. “The overarching idea is, the family is the fortress. It’s our greatest weakness and our greatest strength. I thought, ‘I can write the hell out of this. I know what it is to be the asshole dad.’”
The Way of Water is Cameron’s first film in 13 years, since the original Avatar became the highest-grossing movie of all time ($2.92 billion worldwide), collected nine Oscar nominations, including best picture and best director, and introduced groundbreaking new filmmaking techniques. The sequel cost more than $350 million, and it’s scheduled to kick off a wave of three more Avatar movies, which, if completed, will represent a more than $1 billion investment for Disney on production costs alone.
How to Choose the Right Christmas Tree for Your Home
Take the size of the room, your ornament collection, and your fresh or faux preferences into account before you shop.
Though holiday décor can extend from the lights that line your roof to the candles on your dining room table, the Christmas tree is the centerpiece of your entire aesthetic—and often anchors the majority of your holiday events. Finding the right size and type for your home requires some planning ahead, though: Take the following three considerations into account before you start scouting spruces or finalizing your fir choice. The first item to consider is whether bringing a fresh or faux Christmas tree into your home is best for your space.
7 Paint Colors That Promote Wellness at Home
The color you use on your walls can dictate your overall mood—so surround yourself with hues that make you feel at peace.
When you choose a paint color for your home, your overarching design aesthetic and existing décor are often top of mind. With that said, it’s also important to consider how certain shades make you feel—especially since the colors on your walls can even improve your overall wellness and reduce feelings of stress and anxiety.
“Wall color is proven to have a profound effect on a person’s mood because a color’s energy can influence how you feel in a space,” says Sue Wadden, director of color marketing at Sherwin-Williams. If you’re looking to create a space that promotes relaxation, there are a few different hues to consider when picking out your next paint color.
Mystery of Elizabeth Taylor’s lost Christian Dior Oscars dress is solved after being found in a London suitcase
The actress wore the couture creation to the 1961 ceremony
The gown worn when an actress wins her first Academy Award is undoubtedly a prized possession; one would imagine it is kept under lock and key, or maybe even placed in a case and on display.
But not so for the waist-cinching Christian Dior dress Elizabeth Taylor donned when she collected her 1961 Oscar for BUtterfield 8, which was found in an old suitcase in the London flat after being given to a family friend.
The mystery of the mimic plant
There’s drama in the plant world — and a shape-shifting vine is at the center of it.
More than a decade ago, a plant ecologist named Ernesto Gianoli went for a walk in the woods, where he came across something that defies explanation.
During his afternoon jaunt in the rainforest of southern Chile, he found a familiar shrub known as arrayán. Its leaves were small, lip-shaped, and apiculate — meaning they came to a point at the end. That’s typical.
But when Gianoli took a closer look, he noticed something peculiar: Not all of those arrayán-shaped leaves came from the arrayán plant. Some of them were attached to a different and much thinner stem. As he traced it to the forest floor, he noticed this other plant was a species of vine called Boquila trifoliolata.
Christine McVie’s 12 Essential Songs
The singer, songwriter and keyboardist, who died on Wednesday, was a hitmaker for Fleetwood Mac whose crystalline voice and roots in the blues gave her music a distinct emotional punch.
McVie’s contralto voice had a pure, crystalline tone that gave her solo numbers, perhaps most indelibly the sparse “Rumours” centerpiece “Songbird,” a distinct emotional power. But she clearly enjoyed writing for Buckingham and Nicks, too, and made her mark penning the sorts of rollicking, harmony-driven singalongs that became some of the band’s biggest hits, like “Say You Love Me” and “Don’t Stop.” By the late ’70s, her keyboard playing began to bring soft rock and even new age aesthetics into Fleetwood Mac, but her rhythmic technique always remained grounded in the blues, providing an enduring connection to the band’s earliest days.
How to Drink Bourbon — and Experience Texas Hill Country — Like Matthew McConaughey
The actor loves the rural Texas region for a quiet escape, and you can experience it his way at Longbranch Ranch.
There is no one who embodies the Texas spirit quite like Matthew McConaughey. Some would say he is a living Texas legend, and his love for the state runs deep. So it’s not surprising that when he launched Longbranch bourbon with Wild Turkey in 2018, he refined the award-winning blend with Texas mesquite tree and American white oak charcoals — adding a Texas touch to an 8-year-old Kentucky straight bourbon.
Now, McConaughey is partnering with Texas Hill Country’s luxury campsite, Walden Retreats, to take things to the next level and create a retreat for lovers of bourbon and the Lone Star State alike. Here, at Longbranch Ranch, guests are inspired to get outside, quiet their minds, and set their spirits free.
The Cake Recipe That Was a Secret for Two Decades
With an origin story out of Old Hollywood, chiffon cake is at once airy and rich.
A century ago, chiffon cake did not exist. It did not grace the plates of our forebears, surreal in its fluffiness, with its thousand tiny holes, more air than sugar. It was born of American ingenuity, and perhaps a peculiarly American despair.
In 1927 in Los Angeles, a former insurance agent named, by kismet, Harry Baker, having abandoned a wife and children in Ohio to make a new life in Hollywood, fiddled obsessively with ingredients and measurements in his home kitchen until he came up with the recipe for a cake that was escape incarnate. Baker sold his cakes to the Brown Derby, first to the original, hat-shaped restaurant on Wilshire Boulevard and then to its outpost on North Vine near Paramount Studios. The latter was mobbed by movie stars like Tyrone Power, Claudette Colbert and Clark Gable, who asked Carole Lombard for her hand in marriage in one of the red-leather booths.
Stevie Nicks pays tribute to late bandmate Christine McVie: ‘My best friend in the whole world’
Nicks shared an emotional handwritten note mourning her fellow Fleetwood Mac member, who died at 79.
Stevie Nicks is mourning the loss of her longtime friend and Fleetwood Mac bandmate Christine McVie, who died Wednesday at 79.
Nicks, 74, posted a handwritten note on social media, honoring her friend and musical collaborator of several decades. “A few hours ago I was told that my best friend in the whole world since the first day of 1975 had passed away,” Nicks wrote. “I didn’t even know she was ill… until late Saturday night.”
Nicks said that since learning of McVie’s illness, she’d been thinking about the lyrics to Haim’s song “Hallelujah,” which grieves the death of a close friend. “I thought I might possibly get to sing it to her, and so, I’m singing it to her now,” she explained.
“See you on the other side, my love,” Nicks added. “Don’t forget me.”
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