Lauda Restaurant – Oia, Santorini, Italy
The temperatures outside T Lo Manor have finally reached appropriately Christmassy levels (i.e., Baby, it’s cold outside), which means an expansive and glorious view of the sunny Mediterranean is exactly what we need right now. We bet you need it too. Grab a seat. And speaking of Christmas and T Lo Manor, things are in full swing in our place:
You really should be following us on Instagram, you know. Anyway, enjoy your day, darlings. We’re off to find ways to keep you distracted from your cares and woes. Ciao for now!
Catherine Zeta-Jones Is Calling the Shots
The Oscar-winning actress talks Wednesday, National Treasure, and the liberating new era of her life.
There are actors, and then there are movie stars. While most of us think of Catherine Zeta-Jones as sitting firmly within the latter bracket, she’s always been resistant to being pigeonholed into any category.
Zeta-Jones began her show business career as a dancer, traveling from her hometown of Swansea, Wales, to London’s West End, where she started performing at the age of 9. And by the time she worked her way up to being the lead in a show (David Merrick’s 42nd Street), she knew she was ready to focus on acting instead of singing and dancing. However, industry gatekeepers were less charmed by the idea of a triple threat and more dismissive of someone she says they felt was a jack of all trades, but a master of none.
Jane Fonda Isn’t Letting Anything Stop Her — Not Even Cancer
At her recent big party (ahead of an even bigger birthday), the actress and activist told us she’s bringing back her Fire Drill Fridays, because she’s ready to get arrested again.
Fonda will ring in her 85th birthday on Dec. 21, but despite her illustrious career and the legacy of philanthropy and social activism she has already established, she’s not slowing down one bit.
“Turning 85 isn’t any different than turning 84 or turning 86 will be. I’m seriously in the middle of ‘old,’” she tells me via Zoom with her signature candor. “But once you’re inside of it, as opposed to looking at it from the outside, it’s not all that scary.”
And her consistent vigor for her many endeavors comes on the heels of her Sept. 2 Instagram announcement that she has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and will undergo six months of chemotherapy. “I’m a curious person, and I’m constantly learning, and I think that’s important,” she says of thriving in your 80s. “My dad died six years younger than me, and sure, I have cancer, but we’re getting that dealt with with chemo and I feel lucky.”
The 25 Best Korean Dramas on Netflix Right Now
From thrilling crime shows to heartwarming romances.
South Korean entertainment and culture has become an international force in the past two decades, with films (Parasite and Minari) and shows (Pachinko) gaining critical acclaim and awards buzz in the United States. Luckily for fans of these works who want to try out K-dramas, Netflix has built an impressive catalog of shows, with many of its best original and distributed dramas having hit the streamer far before the massive success of its breakout hit Squid Game. From thrilling crime shows and heartwarming romances to paranormal action and slice-of-life drama, here are the best K-dramas to start your dive into Korean television.
The Best Photos of the Royal Family Meeting the Kennedys Through the Years
American royalty meets British royalty.
Throughout the years, the Kennedy family has sometimes been referred to as American royalty. Packed with senators, congressmen, ambassadors, governors, and a former U.S. president—not to mention philanthropists and humanitarians—the Kennedy family draws some obvious parallels with he British royal family, whose position at the center of the British political system has long been intertwined with their social efforts. So perhaps its only natural that the two families have met one another on numerous occasions.
This week, Prince William and Kate Middleton met Caroline Kennedy at a Celtics game on their first day of their trip to Boston to celebrate the Earthshot Prize. Here, we’re taking a look back at some of the most iconic moments when the Kennedys met the royal family.
See the Best Photos of the Royal Family Visiting Boston
In honor of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s trip to New England, take a trip down memory lane of royal visits of years past.
Numerous members of the British royal family have visited Boston over the years, including most famously Queen Elizabeth, who celebrated 200 years of American independence in the city in 1976.
“Queen Elizabeth II made up for the tyrannical reputation of her great-great-great-great-grandfather, King George III, yesterday: she made friends with Boston,” the Boston Globe reported at the time.
During her address at the time, Queen Elizabeth said, “If Paul Revere, Samuel Adams, and other patriots could have known that one day a British Monarch would stand beneath the balcony of the Old State House, from which the Declaration of Independence was first read to the people of Boston and be greeted by the Mayor and others in such generous words, well I think they would have been extremely surprised! But perhaps they would also have been pleased. Pleased to know that, eventually, we came together again as free peoples and friends and defended together the very ideals for which the American Revolution was fought.”
Allison Janney on Leaping Into Producing and Why She’ll Never Direct
The Oscar-winning actress cites partner Bob Greenblatt as the reason she is tackling the Amazon adaptation of the book ‘Confident Women: Swindlers, Grifters, and Shapeshifters of the Feminine Persuasion.’
Allison Janney has just made a deal to produce her first project by partnering with veteran executive and producer Bob Greenblatt on a series adaptation of the book Confident Women: Swindlers, Grifters and Shapeshifters of the Feminine Persuasion for Amazon.
Asked why she’s putting on a producer hat for the first time in her career, Janney was quick with an answer. “Because Bob asked,” she told THR on the red carpet of her newest film, The People We Hate at the Wedding, also for Amazon. “He produced me in 9 to 5 on Broadway and I’ve had a relationship with him over the years so when he asked, I thought, yeah, OK, I’ve not done this before but I would be comfortable doing it with Bob.”
Dr. Jill Biden Chose a Classic American Label for the State Dinner
President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden are hosting their first state dinner tonight since moving into the White House in 2021, with the guests of honor being French president Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte Macron. Among the several hundred others in attendance are singer Jon Baptiste, who will be performing, musician John Legend and cookbook author Chrissy Teigen, and actor Julia Louis-Dreyfus. The dinner is red, white, and blue themed—a nod to both countries’ flags, and, according to Biden “our common values: liberty and democracy, equality and fellowship.” First ladies Macron and Biden chose looks that further underscored night’s theme.
Tom Hanks Launched a New Coffee Brand to Support Veterans
Now you can wake up to a hot cup of “Hanx.”
Throughout his 40-year career, Tom Hanks has achieved almost everything it’s possible to achieve. He’s loaded his shelves with a pair of Oscars, seven Emmys, and a stack of other awards. He even received a Presidential Medal of Freedom. And, other than the eternally flawless Dolly Parton, there may not be another person on the planet who is as universally adored as Tom “I’ve Even Played Mr. Rogers” Hanks.
The 66-year-old Hanks continues to be endearing with the debut of Hanx for Our Troops, his new ethically sourced and environmentally sustainable coffee company. As the name suggests, the company’s mission is to support veterans and their families, with all profits going toward organizations that support U.S. military members. Among the company’s first partners are the Bob Woodruff Foundation, Headstrong, Hire Heroes USA, and Student Veterans of America.
Hellmann’s Wants You to Put Mayo in Your Eggnog This Holiday Season
According to Hellmann’s, its mayo has enough egg to get the job done.
It’s a question I ask myself every Christmas season: What exactly is a “nog”? Most dictionaries define it as a shortened version of “eggnog.” But how much egg do you really need to make it a full-blown “nog”? According to Hellmann’s, you need however much egg is in its mayonnaise.
Yes, egg is only the third ingredient in Hellmann’s mayonnaise, behind oil and water. However, America’s best-selling mayo still believes that’s plenty of egg to give you a perfectly acceptable nog — and it’s created its own mayo-nog to prove it.
‘The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special’: Every Throwback Christmas Song in James Gunn’s Marvel One-Off
As tradition would have it, director James Gunn released an all-new mixtape across digital streaming platforms marking the Nov. 25 premiere of “The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special” on Disney+.
Set to an assortment of Christmas tunes hand-selected by Gunn, the holiday special follows Mantis (Pom Klementieff) and Drax (Dave Bautista) on a quest to kidnap actor Kevin Bacon from Earth and bring him back to Peter (Chris Pratt) as a Christmas gift.
The corresponding playlist — titled “Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special Awesome Mix” — consists of 11 tracks, which are a mixture of needle drops and original songs used in the one-off. Gunn enlisted the help of Rhett Miller, frontman of the Old 97’s, to write the special’s comedic opening number, “I Don’t Know What Christmas Is (But Christmastime Is Here).”
Chantal Akerman’s Jeanne Dielman Named Greatest Film Of All Time
It’s the first female-directed film to land the BFI-backed ‘Sight and Sound’ poll’s top spot.
Every decade since 1952, Sight and Sound magazine publishes its “greatest ever film” poll — which critic Roger Ebert once described as “by far the most respected of the countless polls of great movies—the only one most serious movie people take seriously.” The six times it’s been published, three films have nabbed the top spot — Vittorio De Sica’s Bicycle Thieves, Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane and Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo (in 2012). This year, the list made history by awarding the number one spot to a female director, with Chantal Akerman’s 1975 minimalist Belgian drama, Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles, taking the top honors.
The French Baguette Has Received UNESCO Protection — Here’s What That Means
The country’s iconic bread is officially part of the “intangible cultural heritage of humanity.”
In February 2021, France’s then-Minister of Culture, Roselyne Bachelot, had the unenviable task of determining which of three national symbols was best worthy of being added to loftily named UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list. Bachelot had to choose between Paris’ gray zinc rooftops, the Biou d’Arbois wine festival, and the humble but oh-so-French baguette bread.
“It would be a good thing to protect our baguettes, our know-how,” baker Jean-Yves Boullier told AFP at the time. “At least let them recognize the French baguette as a unique product that is typically French, and something other countries can’t make.”
Bachelot eventually submitted the baguette to French president Emmanuel Macron for his OK, which he enthusiastically gave. (Macron described the country’s signature bread as “250 grams of magic and perfection in our daily lives.”) And after waiting for well over a year, UNESCO agreed with that assessment. The “Artisanal know-how and culture of baguette bread” has officially been added to its Cultural Heritage list.
47 Best Christmas Nail Ideas to Try in 2022
Whether you looove doing nail art or plan to call up your nail tech immediately.
If there’s one thing you need to know about me, it’s that I love nail art. Like, I’m the person who owns 100+ sets of nail stickers, has her engagement nails planned out (despite being single AF lol), and also started screenshotting non-cheesy Christmas nail ideas as soon as summer hit. Which means if you’re someone who loves and celebrates the holidays like I do, you’re in luck, because I’ve got a massive list of the best minimalist Christmas nail designs of 2022, from cute accent nails to winter nail art to glitter nails.
30 Best Christmas Punch Recipes That Will Be a Hit at Your Holiday Party
Everything from nonalcoholic options to bubbly champagne drinks!
We love a Christmas cocktail as much as the next person, and mixing up a homemade drink for your guests is a great way to put a signature spin on your Christmas dinner. But on top of cooking all of that food, you’re probably not looking to add even more time and labor to your holiday planning — particularly if you’re hosting a larger gathering. For groups of around eight or more, it may be easier to make a batch of Christmas punch for guests to serve themselves from. After all, the holidays are all about sharing joy — and what’s more joyful than a giant bowl of boozy, festive punch?
While the word may conjure images of sugary bowls filled with floating orange slices, there’s actually a ton of different recipes and flavor combinations under the heading of ‘punch.’ Whether you prefer a creamy eggnog-based drink, a wintry sangria, or a delicious booze-free option, we’ve got your bases covered with these jolly recipes.
Since most of these are made with easy-to-find ingredients like fruit juice, sparkling water and red or white wine, you won’t have to do much more than measuring and stirring. Plus, punch is a perfect make-ahead recipe, meaning you can get it done a day or two ahead of time (holding off on adding fizzy ingredients until right before serving). So whether you serve your punch alongside some tempting Christmas appetizers, or during the main course, your night is guaranteed to be more laid back than ever before.
Tiara of the Month: stunning contemporary diadems for a dose of royal glamour this Christmas
On the hunt for a truly decadent gift? These elegant tiaras, inspired by royalty, will fit the bill
Since being appointed Crown Jeweller in 1843, Garrard has a deep-rooted association with the jewellery of the British Royal Family. Many of its creations are still being worn today, with contemporary interpretations available to buy. One of these is the Garland Tiara, featuring twisted diamond scrolls encircling pear-shaped diamonds, set with 26 cultured freshwater pearls completed with a scalloped diamond silhouette. It pays homage to the Lover’s Knot Tiara, originally made by Garrard in 1913 for Queen Mary using diamonds and pearls taken from a wedding gift given to her upon her marriage to the Duke of York, the future King George V. The ever popular design has been worn by royals across generations since and is now the tiara most frequently spotted atop the head of today’s Princess of Wales.
36 Hours in Rome
The Eternal City is getting a refresh, with new restaurants and hotels, sumptuous art palaces and innovative ways to see ancient sites.
Rome, usually a city on the verge of an urban breakdown, suddenly seems on the cusp of getting it together. A refreshing breeze of possibility, not just this summer’s burning garbage, is blowing through the city. A Bulgari hotel will soon open in the center of town, along with other brand-name accommodations that promise a reinvigoration of luxury in the Via Veneto area. The city is hoping to host World Expo 2030, a potentially transformative prize that could improve infrastructure and reimagine Rome’s rugged eastern neighborhoods — though even now they percolate with energy. Whether it be sumptuous palaces or new restaurants eager to break free of the carbonara yoke, Rome seems eager to stop resting on its wilted laurels.
Pantone’s Color of the Year Was Made for the Metaverse
Say hello to Viva Magenta, the color no one asked for, coming to a world where no one lives.
On Thursday, Pantone announced its 2023 color of the year: Viva Magenta. A hue with a lust for life. Not the aggressive synthetic of Barbie, not the intense luxury of Valentino’s couture, not the tired millennial salmon, but as the New York Times critic at large Jason Farago put it, “a saturated shade honking at the threshold of fuchsia, definitely not organic but not quite electric.”
The shade was selected by human trend prognosticators who survey fashion and design, then interpreted by the A.I. tool Midjourney to create what Pantone described as an “endless new ecosystem to be explored, called ‘the Magentaverse.’” In a news release, the company called Viva Magenta, a.k.a. Pantone 18-1750, “an unconventional shade for an unconventional time.”
For Centuries, Her Art Was Forgotten, or Credited to Men. No More.
The work of Michaelina Wautier, a 17th century artist, was long overlooked. She is belatedly gaining recognition as an old master, as the first U.S. show of her work opens in Boston.
Katlijne Van der Stighelen, a professor of art history at the University of Leuven in Belgium, first encountered the work of Michaelina Wautier, a 17th century painter, in 1993 in the storage area of a Vienna museum.
Wautier had been largely forgotten for more than 300 years when Van der Stighelen came across one of her paintings while rummaging around in the Kunsthistorisches Museum, where she was trying to hunt down a portrait attributed to Anthony van Dyck.
“A curator took me along corridors that had ‘second class’ Flemish paintings,” she recalled in an interview. “When I was leaving, I saw a monumental painting — about nine feet high and twelve feet wide. I didn’t recognize it. He said, ‘Not much is known about it, but it is painted by a woman.’ ”
The painting was “Triumph of Bacchus,” Wautier’s sprawling canvas of a crowd including near-naked men surrounding the god of wine. He lounges, head back as the juice of grapes drips into his mouth.
The 100 Best Albums of 2022
Beyoncé’s dance-music ecstasy, Bad Bunny’s latest world-conquering smash, Taylor Swift’s late nights, Harry Styles’ song cycle, and Pusha T’s master class in metaphor were only some of the albums that ruled our world this year
EVERY TIME WE turned around in 2022, it felt like another superstar was blowing our minds with a headline-making event release. Beyoncé ended a six-year break between solo studio LPs with a masterful dance-music reinvention; Bad Bunny celebrated yet another year as the biggest artist in the world with his latest chart-conquering smash; Taylor Swift left her cottage; Harry Styles took us back to his place; Drake released not one but two blockbusters; Pusha T reminded us that no one raps about anything as well as he raps about his favorite subjects. It was a very big year for very big albums.
It was also a time for artists to level up to stunning effect. Rosalía, King Princess, Omar Apollo, and Bartees Strange are just a few of those who won our attention as new acts over the past few years, then did truly amazing things with the spotlight they’d earned. Elsewhere, Wet Leg came out of seemingly nowhere to make one of the year’s funniest and straight-up best rock albums; Steve Lacy achieved a pop breakthrough even he wasn’t expecting; Alvvays reemerged from their Canadian hibernation with an instant indie-pop classic; J-Hope went solo with terrific results. And those are just some of the sounds that shaped 2022 — a year in music we have a feeling we’ll be thinking about (and dancing to) for a long time to come.
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