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Miami Basel/Wynwood 2016 Wrap: Parade Of Eye-Popping Beauty At A Portentous Time

An embarrassment of riches in so many ways, the Wynwood Street Art and mural scene is outrageously sexy, flashy, ugly, posey, pretty, proliferate and quizzically content-free. The annual outdoor urban art visual carnival that accompanies Art Basel in Miami is full of hi/low expectation and spectacle, and it confidently delivers on both.

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1010. Goldman Global Arts. Hard Rock Stadium. Art Basel Miami 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Long-limbed and shimmery sleek women are often working the sidewalks like runways, the men are carefully posing/not posing/posing with open shirts and genial braggadocio, and there are thousands, more likely millions of selfies taken in front of painted walls.

International art fans are mixing with skater kids and hip hop heads and egg-headed social scientists and teenage marching bands and they are all gawking and interacting with loquacious mamacitas and bearded lumbersexuals; this is not your average clambake.

Sometimes it is just weird; flourescence mixed with plaid, shot-callers and violins, strollers and stillettos, an undertone of aggression and sexual tension, salt-of-the-earth with self-admiring clubbers, perfect skin and aerosol painted hands, a whiff of weed and a sense of wonder waiting to be discovered.

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Audrey Kawasaki at The Hotel. Goldman Global Arts. South Beach. Art Basel Miami 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

While there was a parade of 40 or so citizens and activists carrying signs and handing out flyers down the street to protest the oil pipelines taking sacred lands from native tribes and polluting natural water supplies, the thousands of art fans flooding the Wynwood neighborhood of Miami would have been hard pressed to find any Street Art talking about those topics.

Ironically the political shockwaves this year in Miami seemed to emanate from behind doors at the fair with Sam Durant’s “End White Supremacy” piece that many interpreted as a direct response to the election of a president whose followers include radical organizations that champion white supremacy. Alas, the piece was made in 2008, and although its hand-style emulates the hit and run scrawl of some graffiti on the street, it was a thoughtfully executed piece constructed as an illuminated sign.

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David Choe. Goldman Global Arts. Wynwood Walls. Art Basel Miami 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

With one very notable exception, the enormous and frightful mural featuring Donald Trump as Heath Ledger’s Joker wielding a knife at the neck of the Statue of Liberty with the screaming headline “Come On… What the Hell Do You Have to Lose?” by 12 artists for The Bushwick Collective/Mana Urban Arts Project, the professionalization of Street Artists and their murals may be steering the paintings in Wynwood away from in-your-face activism.

Granted, no one is thinking that commercially branded ventures that actually pay artists to paint will encourage the outright expression of social or political opinions – that may challenge or frighten potential customers and investors. Hotel lobbies need murals, sport cars need decorative painting, beer cans need labels. A number of liquor and lifestyle companies have invited artists here over the last few years and paid them to make their special events and products visually appealing, but little else.

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David Choe portrait of Martha Cooper and her cat Mélia. Goldman Global Arts. Wynwood Walls. Art Basel Miami 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

The newly refurbished Hard Rock stadium a few miles north of Miami features huge mural installations by international Street Artists that are curated by Goldman Global Arts, a division of Goldman Properties, the same real estate organization that has brought artists from around the world to the Wynwood Walls compound and featured their fine art canvasses in gallery expositions since the late 2000s. The pieces are opus works in an unusual setting and now sports fans are going to be up close and personal with some of the bigger names in Street Art right now.

It would be hypocritical for anyone to expect that these artists should accept commercial work and yet disrespect guidelines about the content. Similarly, expecting artists not to seek commercial opportunities for fear of “selling out” is arrogant and unrealistic and often the convenient provenance of privileged youth who dabble in “slumming” as a rebellious lifestyle. Later they are bankers.

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David Choe. Goldman Global Arts. Wynwood Walls. Art Basel Miami 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Even so, where’s the anger right now? Why didn’t you see a lot of furious diatribes, challenges to power, and mockery of small-minded thinking on the street in Wynwood – and what would it take for Street Art to embrace its power to affect social and political change?

Just posing the question here now, again – as the topics of impending fascism, the increasing acts of racism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, corruption, oligarchy, state-corporatism, and a systematic eroding of respect for our institutions – all came up in conversations at bars, art openings, panel discussions, and roof parties.

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Okuda. Goldman Global Arts. Wynwood Walls. Art Basel Miami 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

The murals you see here are often technically superb and their themes, while muted, may address some of the larger themes affecting society, but one wonders if there is an internalized censorship that we have accepted.

These images are admittedly of a modest percentage of the hundreds of legal murals and illegally dashed-off pieces we saw this week, but that’s only because we have edited for our individual aesthetics, not because of content. Also admittedly, as people in the arts, we are exhausted from the recent election and all it portends, and we were happy for some glorious eye candy to salve the psychic wounds – so maybe we were selectively seeing what we wanted to.

Probably not too much though.

For an art practice with some serious and proud roots in activism, the walls in Miami are curiously quiet. But they definitely look amazing.

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Pixel Pancho. Goldman Global Arts. Wynwood Walls. Art Basel Miami 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


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Findac. Goldman Global Arts. Wynwood Walls. Art Basel Miami 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


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Faith 47. Goldman Global Arts. Wynwood Walls. Art Basel Miami 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Felipe Pantone. Goldman Global Arts. Wynwood Walls. Art Basel Miami 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Martin Whatson. The Raw Project. Enida M Hartner Elementary School. Wynwood. Art Basel Miami 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Mr. June. The Raw Project. Eneida M. Hartner Elementary School. Wynwood. Art Basel Miami 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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INO. The Raw Project. Eneida M. Hartner Elementary School. Wynwood. Art Basel Miami 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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INO. The Raw Project. Eneida M. Hartner Elementary School. Wynwood. Art Basel Miami 2016. (photo © INO)

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Shepard Fairey. Mana Urban Arts Projects. Wynwood /Art Basel Miami 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Vhils. Goldman Global Arts. Hard Rock Stadium. Art Basel Miami 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Pichi & Avo. Detail. Goldman Global Arts. Hard Rock Stadium. Art Basel Miami 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Pichi & Avo. Goldman Global Arts. Hard Rock Stadium. Art Basel Miami 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Tristan Eaton. Detail. Goldman Global Arts. Hard Rock Stadium. Art Basel Miami 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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The London Police. Detail. Goldman Global Arts. Hard Rock Stadium. Art Basel Miami 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Hueman. Detail. Goldman Global Arts. Hard Rock Stadium. Art Basel Miami 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Jen Stark. Goldman Global Arts. Hard Rock Stadium. Art Basel Miami 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Fintan Magee. Goldman Global Arts. Hard Rock Stadium. Art Basel Miami 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Fintan Magee. Detail. Goldman Global Arts. Hard Rock Stadium. Art Basel Miami 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Fintan Magee. Goldman Global Arts. Hard Rock Stadium. Art Basel Miami 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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AVAF. Goldman Global Arts. Hard Rock Stadium. Art Basel Miami 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Case Maclaim. Goldman Global Arts. Hard Rock Stadium. Art Basel Miami 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Bordalo II. Uninhibited Festival 2016. Wynwood /Art Basel Miami 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Peeta. Wynwood /Art Basel Miami 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Knarf. Work in progress. Wynwood /Art Basel Miami 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Our week’s coverage on BSA:
Wynwood Awakes: BSA x UN BERLIN ART BASEL 2016: Dispatch 1
Police Arrest in Miami: BSA x UN BERLIN ART BASEL 2016: Dispatch 2
You’ll Need Good Shoes: BSA x UN BERLIN ART BASEL 2016: Dispatch 3
Clubhouse Chemistry in a Warehouse : BSA x UN BERLIN ART BASEL 2016: Dispatch 4
Paint, Protest, Party : BSA x UN BERLIN ART BASEL 2016: Dispatch 5
Urban Contemporary Inside the Fair : BSA x UN BERLIN ART BASEL 2016: Dispatch 6

This article is the result of a collaborative partnership with BSA and Urban Nation (UN).

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TLC & Missy Elliott Get Into the Christmas Spirit for ‘Taraji’s White Hot Holidays’: Exclusive First Look

Empire’s Taraji P. Henson is back to share the Christmas goodwill with a cadre of big stars on her all-new variety special. 
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It’s What’s Underneath Your Coat That Counts, Too!

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“Because the outfit.” It’s a confounding excuse for putting fashion above the demands of practicality or comfort, but how else can we defend footwear that we can’t walk in? Or explain why Rihanna wears fur in summer? Sure, this logic may be based on nothing more substantial than a fabric or a feeling, but we don’t necessarily need to rationalize our outside-the-box outfit ideas—or the lengths we will go to realize them. Doesn’t the look justify the means?

This conviction may explain why we’re often at odds with our outerwear come winter. While statement pieces like a cozy shearling coat, an animal-print jacket, or a plush fur can often stand alone as outfits, they can also obstruct the perfectly assembled mix of pieces we have on underneath. That might seem like a small price to pay (especially considering the unprecedented cold streaks forecasted this winter), but it’s a real issue for some of my Vogue.com colleagues.

“Sometimes it feels too binding,” Vogue.com Fashion Writer Brooke Bobb says of her vintage shearling. “If I have a high-waisted skirt on or a layered look underneath, you want to see the dimensions.” Braving the elements, she prefers to just hold her coat closed or put her hands in the pockets, hugging it tight. “It looks odd buttoned-up!”

You can’t blame a girl for trying to strike a balance between being warm and stylish, but still, one should try to stave off pneumonia. (Somewhere, my mother is smiling.) Which is why the best solution is finding toasty, fashion-forward outerwear that can keep you cozy even if worn open. When paired with your standout pieces, such jackets create the perfect balance for the upcoming winter months.

So why not layer Balenciaga’s eye-catching red-and-white checkered top under Marques ‘ Almeida’s blindingly orange puffa coat for a look that can’t be unseen? Leave that multicolored Sandy Liang Luna reversible fur open so onlookers can notice the quirky animal design splashed across Loewe’s intarsia wool-blend sweater. Schott’s Perfecto shearling looks great buttoned and closed, but you’ll certainly want to show off that Jacquemus bow-embellished cotton oxford poplin shirt you’ve styled it with, too. Whichever combination you chose, though, winter dressing is sure to be a breeze.

 

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Kim Kardashian And Kanye West Are Not Divorcing, E! News Declares

Fret not, dear mortals, the love of Kimye lives on. 

Rumors started spreading like wildfire this week that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West were on the brink of divorce, with Us Weekly reporting that the reality star is ready to file. A Kardashian “friend” told Us that she has been distancing herself from him since his release from the hospital. 

“It will take some time before she can do anything,” the friend said, adding that Kardashian wants full custody of their children, North and Saint, “but she doesn’t want to stay married … She cares about Kanye and feels relieved he’s getting the help he needs, but she’s felt trapped for a while.”

The official media mouthpiece of the Kardashians, the “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” Twitter account, said the rumors are false. 

Someone close to Kardashian’s legal team told E! that the reports are inaccurate. “I know for a fact that’s not true,” the source said of the divorce.

The couple, who has been married for two years, has had their ups and downs recently ― from West’s hospitalization to Kardashian’s October armed robbery in Paris

 “It’s been a very hard couple of months,” a source told E!. 

Kimye forever. 

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Stephen Colbert Rips WikiLeaks, Alex Jones And Reddit Trolls: ‘Grow The F**k Up’

Stephen Colbert has had enough. 

The “Late Show” host spent 10 minutes on his Wednesday night program railing against conspiracy theorists for creating the “Pizzagate” hoax that led an armed man to target Washington, D.C., restaurant Comet Ping Pong over the weekend.

Colbert also called out President-elect Donald Trump’s national security adviser pick, Army Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn, for posting a link on Twitter to the hoax with the remarks, “u decide.” 

“OK, then I decide a guy who spreads this bullshit shouldn’t be in charge of national security,” Colbert said to applause.

Later, after detailing how Wikileaks, conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and a sub-thread on Reddit involved his former Comedy Central TV show, “The Colbert Report,” in the whole mess, the comedian had only four words. 

Watch the segment in the video above.

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These Gifts Are Scientifically Proven To Bring Real Happiness

It’s both a cliche and a scientific fact that experiences bring greater happiness than material possessions. But new research adds weight to this idea as it applies to gift-giving: According to one study, receiving an experience really is more meaningful.

While material things might provide a boost of pleasure in the moment, they’re unlikely to do much for your happiness or well-being over time. So instead of buying sweaters and iPads for everyone on your list this year, consider giving something less tangible but potentially more impactful. 

In a study published this month in the journal Emotion, psychologists found that experiential consumption fosters gratitude and giving, and that thinking about experiences promotes more altruistic behavior than thinking about possessions. 

“We have found that people tend to be happier when they invest in experiences, because experiential purchases connect people to one another, enhance their sense of self, and, relative to material consumption, tend to be appreciated for their intrinsic value rather than how they compare to what others have,” study authors Amit Kumar, Jesse Walker and Thomas Gilovich wrote in Scientific American

Material gifts might physically last longer, but experiential gifts leave a more lasting mark psychologically, the researchers found. People tend to feel stronger and more lasting gratitude for the experiences they’ve had than the things they’ve acquired. 

“Feelings of gratitude are sparked more by trips people have taken, events they’ve attended, and meals they’ve eaten than by the ‘stuff’ they’ve bought,” the researchers added. “In other words, people are often more grateful for what they’ve done than for what they have.”

Feeling inspired? Try applying this to your holiday shopping and see how the people in your life respond. You might even find that you feel extra warm and fuzzy after giving the gift of a meaningful or fun experience. Here are a few experiential gift ideas to get you started. 

1. Tickets for a concert or play 

We tend to overlook these types of gifts because they can’t be wrapped up in a big, shiny box. But even if the big reveal isn’t as dramatic, tickets for Neil Diamond’s 50th anniversary tour might do more to boost Dad’s happiness both in the moment and for the year to come.  

2. Donation to a nonprofit made in their name

Donating money to charities has been proven to boost happiness ― and there’s a good chance that giving a donation as a gift will make you feel just as good as the person who receives it. The feminist in your life is sure to be thrilled about a donation to Planned Parenthood in his or her name (perhaps accompanied by this handmade crochet vulva ornament).

3. A cooking or crafting class

If you have a friend who loves to DIY, sign them up for a local class where they can try a new creative activity. Bonus points for something unusual like a kokedama class, macrame workshop or at-home fermenting

4. Subscription to a meditation or yoga service 

There’s a ton of research to back up the stress-relieving, happiness-boosting benefits of meditation and yoga. If you have a friend who’s gearing up to start a mindfulness practice in 2017, give them a one-year subscription to meditation app Headspace or online yoga resource YogaGlo. It’s an experience that they can enjoy throughout the year. 

5. A mini-vacation

If you have a big budget to pamper your significant other this holiday season, a weekend away (it doesn’t have to be far) is the perfect blowout holiday gift. Vacations carry huge benefits for well-being, and even just anticipating an upcoming trip can boost happiness for up to two months. 

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Madonna Casually Chats About That Time She Made Out With Michael Jackson

“You want me to kiss and tell then, don’t you?” Madonna sighed in the passenger seat next to “Late Late Show” host James Corden. He was waiting to hear what it was like to spend a “night out” or a “night in” with her former friend Michael Jackson.

“Did you kiss?” Corden asked.

“Of course!”

“No!”

“Of course!” 

Plying the pop icon for more details, Corden managed to confirm during his Wednesday night “Carpool Karaoke” segment with the singer that the kissing was of the “tongue in mouth” variety, which obviously left him needing more details. 

“I mean, baby, I’ve been around,” said Madonna, who, by the way, proved herself surprisingly flexible during her’80s jam session with the late night host through the streets of New York City. She then explained how she loosened up the “shy” Jackson with a glass of chardonnay before leaning in. 

But those days, it seems, are behind her now that she has four kids back home in London.

“My work is rebellious,” and the Vatican has excommunicated her three times from the Church, Madonna told Corden. “But my lifestyle isn’t rebellious. I don’t smoke. I don’t drink. I don’t party. I’m quite square.”

“I go home and I’m Julie Andrews,” Madonna said. 

Watch the whole segment ― which includes an a cappella rendition of “Don’t Cry For Me, Argentina,” a wardrobe critique and “the first in-car twerk I’ve ever seen” ― above.

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3 Ways To Hack Your Environment To Help You Create

This article first appeared on QuietRev.com

This is the first article in Quiet Revolution’s two-part series on seeking creativity. Check out this space next week to learn about different techniques that make your mind more likely to generate creative thoughts.

Much of our creativity is tied up in our intrinsic natures as introverts or extroverts, and the ways we interact with our environment is uniquely dependent upon our temperaments.

According to The Atlantic, the great film director Ingmar Bergman spent the last 25 years of his life living on a small island in Sweden to eliminate chaos from his life. There, “…he would plan his films, write the scripts, [and] make the screenboards… He limited his activities: Besides working and thinking, he might go for a stroll. … In the late afternoon or evening, he would have visitors over to go and look at a movie in his cinema. And that was his routine, every day. He didn’t try to do more.”

Bergman wrote in a journal every day, and one day he wrote, “Here, in my solitude, I have the feeling that I contain too much humanity.”

Dorthe Nors reflected that “it is the job of the artist to sit with our feelings, to be receptive to them, to examine them, turn them into narrative or paint or film.” The act of creation is often synonymous with making opportunities for solitude, generating this overwhelming sense of humanity, and pouring it out on the page or the canvas.

The act of creation can be difficult. It requires good routines, inspiration, and surroundings. It’s especially important for introverts to pay attention to their environments and carefully cultivate creative spaces.

We’ve rounded up three of the best strategies for blocking out external demands and distractions to create time for inner stimulation.

1. Twyla Tharp’s bubble

In her book The Creative Habit, the world-renowned choreographer Twyla Tharp writes that the ideal creative state—she calls “The Bubble”—is constructed and controlled. It’s “one where creativity becomes a self-perpetuating habit.” 

Tharp details the ways many other creatives construct bubbles, including novelist Philip Roth, who “lives alone in the country and works seven days a week, waking early and walking to a two-room studio fifty yards from his house… Near his desk he keeps two small signs, one reading ‘Stay Put,’ the other ‘No Optional Striving.’ [These are] reminders to avoid the temptation of anything other than the five essentials: food, writing, exercise, sleep, and solitude.”

Creating a bubble for yourself doesn’t have to be as extreme as Tharp’s or Roth’s—a bubble can also be a state of mind. Take stock of what you could subtract from your life. How can you adopt a more monastic mental state? Even when you’re amid chaos or traveling, you can still create a bubble for yourself and your creative work.

Try this theory in your life: How can you pare your life down to the minimum number of moving parts? What isn’t adding to your creativity? What can you say no to?

2. IDEO and Intel’s restorative time

IDEO designers frequently work on 10-12-week projects requiring intense teamwork. After a project wraps, the team is often wiped. But introverts can be especially burned out since they’ve most likely been working in a small project space with several other team members for weeks on end—not an optimal introvert environment.

But IDEO realizes that its success as a creative firm comes from its employees remaining inspired, so if the project calendar allows for it, designers are encouraged to take a few hours or a day off between projects. IDEOers use this time as a chance to rest. Once they’ve restored their energy, they use the time to get re-inspired.

Some IDEO teams actually build time for inspiration into their weekly work. One project team in New York used every Friday morning to get inspired together by taking trips to a museum or working outdoors.

Other offices structure this downtime into every working week. According to the New York Times, Intel “experimented in 2007 with conferring four uninterrupted hours of quiet time every Tuesday morning on 300 engineers and managers.” This pilot group loved it so much that the practice was extended to the rest of the company.

Jason Fried, co-founder and CEO of Basecamp (formerly known as 37Signals) is an introvert, and he’s structured his entire company around quiet time. In his bookRework, he urges creatives to remember that “every minute you avoid spending in a meeting is a minute you can get real work done instead.”

Try this theory in your life: Make a case at your office for days off after projects, quiet time, or no-meeting zones. Even if you can’t work remotely, you can build an argument for solitude at work.

3. Mihály Csíkszentmihályi’s theory on creativity and flow

It’s easy to forget that we have an innate capacity to know what being creative feels like. When we’re in an optimal state for creativity, we’re in a state of flow—we’re completely absorbed in an activity.

Positive psychologist Mihály Csíkszentmihályi describes flow as a state when “we feel totally involved, lost in a seemingly effortless performance. Paradoxically, we feel 100% perfectly alive when we are so committed to the task at hand that we lose track of time, of our interests—even our own existence.”

So, why is it so hard to remember that doing excellent, creative work should feel good? Perhaps because it is increasingly hard to find moments of flow within our modern work environments. Mihály Csíkszentmihályi writes, “Few things in life are as enjoyable as when we concentrate on a difficult task, using all our skills, knowing what has to be done.”

Studies show that for most of us, flow occurs more often when we are engaging in work activities, not in leisure activities. But how can we ensure that we actually have the capacity to enter flow at work?

First, Csíkszentmihályi says we need jobs that provide “clear goals, immediate feedback, and a level of challenges matching our skill.” We also need an environment that will allow us to become wholly engaged in activities. This means having a sense of control with few distractions. For us introverts, this means longer stretches of interrupted work time, a quiet environment, and a community around us we know and trust. The thirdkey to finding flow is to work on something that you have intrinsic motivation for.

As Harvard Business Review reports, one CEO started using Csíkszentmihályi’s theories to help his employees find flow. His techniques included “allowing people to switch off email, fewer meetings, and focusing on smaller chunks of work.” This was particularly effective because the whole organization made the change.

Try this theory in your life: As you go through your day, notice the moments when you enter periods of flow. Identify what types of work and environments let this flow flourish. Try to maximize your time spent on these types of activities and in these environments.

As Kurt Vonnegut wrote,

“Many people need desperately to receive this message: I feel and think much as you do, care about many of the things you care about, although most people do not care about them. You are not alone.”

The product of solitude—namely the humanity that’s put on paper—can inspire, delight, and provide great comfort. And anyone who has created or been moved by art would agree that the challenge and pain of seeking solitude and translating to the page is well worth it.

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Special Delivery: This Season’s Best Wrapping Paper, Ribbons, and Bows

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I had overheard whispers throughout the offices that Vogue VIP was about to also unveil Vogue wrapping paper. Yes, Vogue wrapping paper! For the debut, Vogue took to its 125-year-old archives and is presenting papers covered in fluttering and flying butterflies created by the Parisian artist Christian “Bebe” Bérard and designs originally penned for the March 1937 issue by the illustrator Georges Lepape. Is there a better excuse to seriously consider upping your wrapping paper game this season?

While the holidays are usually focused on the gifts and not the gift wrap, this year, it’s worth considering making the packaging as prized as the present. This holiday season, save the obvious gift wrap and opt for metallic speckled spools of twine by Terrain, sumptuous moss green grosgrain velvet ribbons from Minted, and offbeat pearly, glittery glass unicorn ornaments by Cody Foster & Co. To get you wrapping, shop our selection of 82 gift boxes, bags, and bows.

 

 

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16 Jewelry Gifts That Are Way Better Than Diamonds

So you want to get a certain someone a nice piece of jewelry this holiday season, but you don’t feel like spending, say, your entire life savings on a diamond? These 16 gift ideas will be sure to add some sparkle without breaking the bank. 

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Pops Joe Biden And Dad Stephen Colbert Give America A Much-Needed Pep Talk

America is going through some tough times, and one dad isn’t enough for the talk the country needs right now. 

So “dad” Stephen Colbert recruited “pops” Joe Biden to deliver the words an anxious nation needs to hear on Tuesday night’s CBS “Late Show.”

Check it out above. 

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How To Hem Your Pants Without The Needle And Thread

It may seem impossible to tailor your jeans without having to break out the sewing kit or visit to the tailor, but this fabric adhesive stick is here to change that. 

The Style Stick is the ultimate “tailor in a tube.” With a quick swipe of the adhesive you can adjust hemlines, necklines and more for the ultimate fashion fix. So next time your clothes are refusing to work with you, just roll out the glue. Check out the video below to see how it works.

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Amy Schumer Responds To Critics Who Say She Shouldn’t Play Barbie

To Amy Schumer, backlash over news that she might just take the lead in an upcoming live-action “Barbie” movie shows just how right she is for the role.

The Grammy-nominated comedian wrote an Instagram post Tuesday explaining why she’s glad to have the chance to play an “important and evolving icon.” After hearing Twitter commenters doubt her fitness for the part of a blonde doll, primarily due to her body type, Schumer shared a lengthy message that was in part aimed at her detractors.

“I want to thank them for making it so evident that I am a great choice,” the comic wrote. “It’s that kind of response that let’s you know something’s wrong with our culture and we all need to work together to change it.”

Schumer has been vocal in the past about her (perfectly healthy and normal) body. In her note, she asked, “Is it fat shaming if you know you’re not fat and have zero shame in your game? I don’t think so.”

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Read her full note below:

Very very honored to be nominated for 2 Grammys and to be considered to play an important and evolving icon. Is it fat shaming if you know you’re not fat and have zero shame in your game? I don’t think so. I am strong and proud of how I live my life and say what I mean and fight for what I believe in and I have a blast doing it with the people I love. Where’s the shame? It’s not there. It’s an illusion. When I look in the mirror I know who I am. Im a great friend, sister, daughter and girlfriend. I’m a badass comic headlining arenas all over the world and making tv and movies and writing books where I lay it all out there and I’m fearless like you can be. Thanks to everyone for the kind words and support and again my deepest sympathy goes out to the trolls who are in more pain than we will ever understand. I want to thank them for making it so evident that I am a great choice. It’s that kind of response that let’s you know something’s wrong with our culture and we all need to work together to change it. Anyone who has ever been bullied or felt bad about yourself I am out there fighting for you, for us. And I want you to fight for yourself too! We need to laugh at the haters and sympathize with them. They can scream as loud as they want. We can’t hear them because we are getting shit done. I am proud to lead by example. “I say if I’m beautiful, I say if I’m strong. You will not determine my story. I will.”

While Sony has a “Barbie” script, The Hollywood Reporter states that Schumer will likely rewrite it with her sister and “Trainwreck” screenwriting partner, Kim Caramele. 

The movie will reportedly follow Barbie’s adventure through the real world after being expelled from Barbieland, a la “Enchanted,” but with more of a comment on gender and femininity in the present day. A release date has not been set.

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Gardar Eide Einarsson: The Violence Under the Surface

“I’ve lost the youthful naivetyé that leads me to think authorities should be torn down. I see it as an on-going negotiation.” Norweaygian- born Gardar Eide Einarsson who is now based in Tokyo, knows first-hand how different societies deal with authority.

Einarsson grew up in grew up in Norway in the 1970s and 80s, a time more focused on the utopias of community, and in which conflict was discussed less than it is today. He later moved to New York City, drawn to rebellious cultures as he always was. His work explores authority and the way it asserts itself through images: “”I’m attracted to images that have a falseness to them that reveals that the images are not 100 per cent believable,” he says.

In this video Einarsson presents an installation from 2016 consisting of found objects: blue lights from Tokyo’s Yamanote train line in Japan. The lights were installed at the train line to reduce the number of suicides as they are supposed to have a positive, comforting effect. Read more about this specific work here: nextcity.org/daily/entry/how-blue-lights-on-train-platforms-combat-tokyos-suicide-epidemic
The title of the Einarsson’s installation – ‘Distinct Functional Layers Help Establish Hierarchy and Order’ – is taken from Apple’s presentation of a new operating system (iOS7).

Gardar Eide Einarsson (b. 1976) is a Norwegian artist working in installation, printmaking, painting and sculpture. His work explores forms of social transgression and images for political subversion. His work has been shown worldwide and is held in the collections of the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, Norway, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden, LACMA, Los Angeles and MoMA, New York, USA.

Gardar Eide Einarsson was interviewed by Christian Lund at Nils Stærk Gallery in Copenhagen in February 2016.

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Sofia Vergara Gets Tropical Holiday Party Started: Watch

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AlunaGeorge’s Aluna Francis on the Perfect Cat-Eye

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Aluna Francis, singer of British avant-R&B duo AlunaGeorge, may have won hearts (and an opening slot for Sia this fall) with her silken voice, but her ever-evolving look—which, like the band’s music, references the ’90s, hip-hop, and chart-topping pop divas of decades past—is also turning quite a few heads. As on point as her layered, effortlessly cool outfits are, her varied hair and makeup moments—many of which, as followers of the band’s Instagram know, are created by Francis herself.

Watching her get ready, it’s easy to understand why Francis would forgo the glam squad: The girl’s got talent. Almost every step of her routine involves some sort of genius hack, whether it’s mixing luminizer with her foundation, or brushing on her favorite shimmering brown NARS eyeshadow in a very specific shape: “Basically, I’m contouring my eye,” she explains, continuing with a laugh: “You wouldn’t know, but I’m basically trying to look like a cat.” That she achieves with a clever multi-step liner technique that must be watched to be understood (and must be tried at home, immediately). The finishing touch? A stealth hairpiece—just the thing to take her natural curls off the charts.

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14 Real Wedding Moments That Will Make It A December To Remember

Eat, drink and be married!

Our readers who said their “I dos” this weekend filled their big days with lots of love and holiday cheer. See some photos from their celebrations below:  

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Cats vs. Christmas Trees: Felines Declare War On Holiday Spirit

It’s December, and that means cats everywhere are coming fur-to-fir with their natural enemies: Christmas trees! 

The video above is a collection of cats doing battle with their age-old foe.

And as a bonus, here are some cats hiding in Christmas trees who are not fooling anyone: 

The clips are funny, but keeping a cat and a tree safe from each other can be no laughing matter.

CatHealth.com has some tips on how to care for your furry friend during the holiday season.

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Style with a Conscience: “Orange Your Heart!” with SeeMe and Caterina Occhio

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We may have marched on November 25th in support of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and we can find agreement to #bringbackourgirls when we tweet about the Nigerian students kidnapped by Boko Haram. And yes, we cry in horror when we hear of the Yazidi girls who are enslaved by the Islamic State. Yet the sad bottom line is that as fellow women, in less dramatic circumstances, we aren’t very good at helping each other. It’s the reason why we may never break the proverbial glass ceiling. We would rather keep fighting over who looks thinner or has a more desirable boyfriend than get together and work to make our collective future better. Sad but true.

Thankfully, there are women around like Caterina Occhio, the founder of jewelry company SeeMe. I knew she was one of the few women who emotionally nourish and physically help other women even before I got to meet her. Almost two years ago, a dear friend gifted me a handmade gilded heart on a long chain for Christmas, an item of fashion and beauty beyond words. As I wore that dangly, precious piece, I knew the person behind this creation had to be a woman — rather a Phenomenal Woman, as Maya Angelou would have called her.

It’s no accident that Occhio is a compatriot of mine. Italian women, and Southern Italian ones at that, at their best possess a combination of style, strength and sensual beauty that both mesmerize and get things done. And Occhio has taken her experience as a former development aid manager, with the European Commission and through different UN agencies, the SEED Foundation and more, to come up with a way to help women who are victims of domestic violence in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. SeeMe.org is the fruit of her labor, along with the work of many women in Tunisia where the fair trade verified brand’s designs are manufactured.

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SeeMe partnered with the local AMAL (the arabic word for “hope”) program in Tunisia which has supported the socio-economic integration of disadvantaged women and women survivors of violence. SeeMe, with the support of AMAL, employs women so that with time it can enlarge its scope and become a bigger influence in the region as well as on the fair trade jewelry market.

Bigger sometimes does mean better, especially when it comes to helping women support their families.

2016-12-06-1481019638-121692-SuzyMenkesMiucciaPrada.jpg In the last few years SeeMe has worked with fashion houses such as Missoni, Tommy Hilfiger and Karl Lagerfeld to create capsule collections, or adding in details that help give work to the women. Occhio’s designs have been worn by style editor Suzy Menkes (seen in this photo, with Miuccia Prada), Angela and Rosita Missoni, Nicole Kidman and Laudomia Pucci. Oh, and yours truly of course!

This past April, to celebrate the 20th year anniversary of the United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence against Women, SeeMe partnered with the UN Trust Fund and created an “Orange Heart” necklace signature piece. Now Missoni, Pucci, Florentine shoe brand Aquazzura, Mulberry and Tommy Hilfiger teamed up with them and donated a sketch for their tote bag collection presented in Paris during SS17 pre-collection.

I caught up with the beautiful — inside and out — Caterina Occhio and asked her a few questions about the recent campaign, but also the meaning behind the brand and her impetus for starting it.

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What is the inspiration behind the hearts of SeeMe?

Caterina Occhio: SeeMe was born while walking through the souks and back streets of the Middle East. After almost two decades of reporting on women’s conditions in the Middle East and North African regions I decided to take matters into my own hands. Through my reports and travels I, unsurprisingly, discovered that being a single mother in the region equals being unsuitable for work, for marriage and for society. SeeMe was therefore born as a safe haven, training centre and work place for women otherwise deemed lost.

Where and how are the hearts of SeeMe made?

Occhio: SeeMe jewelry is produced in the MENA region and it employs women, often single mothers, who have suffered violence and were ostracized from their communities. Through training SeeMe women learn the craft of jewellery making following ancient local techniques. Therefore, while fostering their region’s traditions they also secure a workplace for themselves and a future for their families.

Do you believe that fashion these days can be separated from sustainability? I mean, can a brand really survive without a message or a mission?

2016-12-06-1481019726-6797016-CaterinaOcchiobyGiovanniGastel.jpg Occhio: It can and it does. Unfortunately, the majority of consumers do not necessarily need a mission or message to buy an item they simply like. It is however true that more and more educated consumers want to know more about materials and production both in terms of sourcing of material and working conditions. It is a growing minority and that’s absolutely thrilling.

You’ve collaborated on some images with Nicole Kidman. What is that campaign about?

Occhio: At the beginning of 2016 UNTF to End Violence against Women selected our heart as symbol for their 20th anniversary. Knowing that the official color of the cause is orange, we have created a whole Orange Heart collection including two necklaces, bracelets, and a tote bag. The tote was made in collaboration with five designers (Missoni, Pucci, Aquazzura, Mulberry and Tommy Hilfiger) each donated a drawing around the idea of the Orange Heart. Nicole Kidman, UN Goodwill ambassador, is one of our first supporters and we couldn’t be more proud and honored.

And I’ve also noticed that you’ve collaborated with Karl Lagerfeld, Missoni and Tommy Hilfiger on a few items. How did those collaborations come about?

Occhio: When I created SeeMe I did not buy workshops, instead I helped build them and I never tied them to SeeMe. These workshops are independent, but SeeMe being Fair Trade Certified, they are too, plus they are very professional and the quality they produce is fantastic. I use this angle to appeal to well known fashion brands such as Tommy Hilfiger, Missoni or Karl Lagerfeld… It goes something like, “I know an amazing producer that does amazing things, completely handmade, for a fair price and great quality. Plus they are fair trade certified!” And they love it! So I’d say that those came about through a mix of good PR, personal connections, interesting design and story as well as some luck…

What do you want the men and women who wear the brand to feel, along with just showing off the sheer beauty of the items?

Occhio: I’d love for them to feel good about themselves. But also to feel confident and stylish.

And if you had to describe yourself in three words, what would those be?

Occhio: Strong, daring, honest.

For more info, check out SeeMe.org.

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Stephen Colbert Skewers Donald Trump’s Defense Secretary Pick

Stephen Colbert gave Donald Trump some alternative suggestions Monday as to who should be his secretary of defense.

The president-elect has nominated retired Marine Gen. James “Mad Dog” Mattis to head up the Defense Department, but the “Late Show” host said Trump should opt for someone with a cuddlier sounding nickname.

 “A secretary of defense with the name ‘Mad Dog’ does not automatically make me feel safer,” Colbert said. 

“You’ve got a president with no experience of foreign policy with his finger on the button, and the other person in the room is a guy named ‘Mad Dog.’ That’s not a secretary of defense, that’s the sidekick on a morning zoo crew.”

Colbert’s alternative suggestions include Cool Cat Cuffington and General Willing To Project American Power But Surprisingly Rational About It Robinson. They sound like very huggable options to us.

Check it out in the clip above.

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The VS Angel Guide to Airline Safety, With Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, and More

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When it came time for the Victoria’s Secret Angels to head to Paris for this year’s VS Fashion Show, they decided to bring the party with them across the Atlantic. Superstars Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Taylor Hill, Stella Maxwell, Josephine Skriver, and Elsa Hosk delivered a lesson in flight safety onboard the brand’s private jet, turning the trip into a fashion shoot. 

Though the group probably won’t trade their Angel wings for flight-attendant uniforms any time soon, these frequent fliers were surprisingly good at playing the part. Demonstrating everything from the proper way to stow baggage to how to runway-walk down the aisles, they put the fun back in air travel as only Angels can.

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The 17 Hottest Wedding Trends for 2017

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The new year brings new ideas for all things wedding, from invitations to flowers, cocktails to cake…and more!

1. Vintage glamour (with a twist). Picture an industrial warehouse decked out with ornate, over-the-top centerpieces and set aglow with strands of twinkling lights and candles. You get the picture: a whimsical mash-up of old and new.

Related: 50 Ideas for a Vintage-Inspired Wedding

2. Encore metallics. Brides continue to embrace copper, rose gold, and pewter because they’re so versatile, says Sara Fried, of Fete Nashville. Not only do they work with other colors for a look that’s at once relaxed and fun, they are ideal tones for a black-tie evening. Pro tip: “Use shine strategically,” says Sarah Chancey, founder of Chancey Charm Weddings, in Atlanta and 11 other cities. “Metallic linens on every table is too much: better to save the shine for the head and display tables.”

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3. Neutral territory. From charcoal to blue-greys, or grey-browns, “This color palette is perfect for the bride who wants to achieve a classic, sophisticated feel that won’t seem dated or look too trendy in years to come,” says Michelle Cousins, the planning guru behind Michelle Leo Events in Utah.

Related: 200+ Color Combinations for Your Wedding

4. Surprise settings. Today’s couples want a wedding that will blow their guests away, and one of the key elements to an unforgettable event is the choice of venue. “Any place with a large plot of land or a distinct building — or both — will allow couples to really personalize their wedding and help them tell their unique story,” says Amy Cagginello, founder of Amy Champagne Events in Connecticut.

5. Swoon-worthy blooms. Peonies, garden roses, ranunculus, dahlias and other “soft-petal” blooms are the top-requested flowers from coast to coast — and for good reason. “They epitomize romance,” says Zoe Gallina, creative director of Botanica international Floral Design in Florida. Peonies, in particular are in high demand, with one planner noting that some brides will time their weddings to take place when peonies are in peak season. Loose rose petals, used as a “garland” or runner atop tables or scattered among floating candles, are another trend that’s coming on strong.

Related: 50 Fairy Tale Floral Arrangements

6. Sophisticated whimsy. At the other end of the trend spectrum, gallina says flowering plants like king- and pink-ice protea, along with assorted bold tropical blooms and small potted plants, lend a dose of stateliness for brides who want arrangements that feel natural and organic — yet elegant.

Related: 50 Offbeat Wedding Ideas for the Non-Traditional Bride

7. Paper form follows fashion. “Wedding invitation styles often mimic what’s happening in fashion and home decor,” says Jill Ryder of Shindig Bespoke, a custom design studio based in new York City and Philadelphia. For 2017 that means mixing two patterns, like stripes and florals, on the backs of cards or on envelope liners, as well as textured paper.

Related: Invitations by Style: Find the Right Fit for Your Wedding

8. Handcrafted. “Hand calligraphy is such a strong trend that it’s not uncommon for brides and grooms to learn how to do it themselves,” says Chancey. Fortunately for those with a less steady hand, sites like minted and Wedding Paper Divas feature a wide range of invitation suites that look hand-calligraphed.

9. Local specialties. With more couples infusing pride of location in their hometown celebrations, local flavors are taking the spotlight. For example, in Utah, buffalo is often featured as both a main course and as an appetizer, says Cousins. In Vermont, maple flavoring can make several appearances in the menu. Gulf shrimp is on display in various parts of the South, and so on. (The trend carries over to drinks.) “It’s an extension of the farm-to-table trend that popped up a few years ago,” says Chancey, “but even more fun for the guests.”

10. Paired up. Wine-and-cheese pairings have become a familiar site at cocktail receptions, but the idea of matching different foods with different drinks is being carried over to other types of beverages and appetizers, says Hall. “It elevates the guest experience by keeping folks active and engaged,” she says. Some duets to consider: wine and pasta, cake and craft beer, margaritas and guacamole, or for a wedding brunch, try mimosas and pastries.

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11. What’s old is new again. In 2017, bartenders and mixologists are moving away from the very sweet and/or colorful pours in favor of old-time classics, including the moscow mule, a Pimm’s Cup, and the sidecar.

12. Sugar high. Tall cakes that look as if they leapt off the pages of your mother’s wedding album are suddenly in vogue. “After the last few years of pies, cake pops, doughnuts, and cupcakes, there’s been a strong shift back to tiered wedding cakes,” says Bosse. “There’s something nostalgic to people about wedding cake.” As for the height aspect of the trend, she says tall cakes lend visual interest to a dessert table and allow for some very creative artistry — anything from hand painting to jeweled accents.

Related: 101 Amazing Wedding Cakes

13. Sweet satisfaction. S’mores stations and candy bars have been around for a few years, but one new dessert trend is to forgo a formal dessert course and instead serve guests passed desserts and/or set up several grazing dessert stations so guests can mingle and sample, “just like cocktail hour,” says Cagginello. “It keeps the energy going.”

14. Snap and chat. Sara Fried says her clients are loving the newest takes on the traditional photo booth. “There’s the slo-mo booth, the animated GIF booth, the flip-book booth and others,” she says. “All are amazing ways to keep guests fully entertained.” Most booths will text the content directly to smartphones, so your friends can share immediately on social media — and you get copies of everything at the end of the night.

15. Cut and share. Instagram video edits are an increasingly popular package option from videographers, says Lisa Ashley, owner and curator of the Wedding Artists Collective, a specialty group of wedding photographers and videographers. These 60- to 90-second films “have the look and feel of a cinematic trailer and are wonderful representations of the day,” she says.

16. Reaching new heights. Couples can’t get enough of the unique perspectives offered by drone technology for both videos and aerial stills, and pros are following suit, offering packages that include drone footage as an add-on option. Poised for take-off: professional-quality, user-friendly drones for non-pros (and perhaps a wedding guest), such as EHang Ghostdrone 2.0, which is controlled by your smartphone via the EHang Play mobile app.

Related: 30 Easy Ways to Ensure That You’ll Love Your Wedding Photos

17. Setting a mood. Lounge areas have been an important decor element at wedding cocktail hours for years, but as after-parties come into fashion wedding pros find themselves setting up more lounge-style seating vignettes closer to the dance floor. “We’ll also change the lighting so the room or tent has more of a club feel,” says Cousins.

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Twitter User Delivers Perfect Response To Donald Trump’s Latest SNL Rant

President-elect Donald Trump seems to spend a lot of time hatewatching “Saturday Night Live” ― because since the election, he’s fired off angry tweets just about any time he’s been portrayed on the show.

On Saturday, he took to Twitter to call the show “unwatchable” for a segment that mocked his use of Twitter

And some people are tweeting back ― wondering why a man about to take the highest office in the land is spending his time tweeting about “SNL.”

In a series of replies going viral, civil rights activist Danielle Muscato called Trump out: 

She was only getting started.

Here’s more of the rant: 

See the full thread on Twitter.

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Here’s How To Get Wavy Hair Like Victoria’s Secret Runway Models

It’s difficult not to be the slightest bit in awe of the Victoria’s Secret Angels that bless the runway in the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. 

Now you can get those bouncy, beachy waves that the models rock, just in time for this year’s fashion show. In the video below, watch the models’ hairstylists give a quick tutorial on the techniques they use to make the Angels’ hair oh so wavy. 

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Art & Culture vs Extremism in Arab World

Promoting culture is imperative for Arabs given the destruction of, and war on, culture launched by extremist and terrorist groups in the Middle East/North Africa region, said Sultan Al Qassemi.

“Every single member of our community in the Arab world has a responsibility and has the ability today, thanks to mobile phones, to document and save culture in case it disappears,” Al Qassemi, founder of the Barjeeel Art Foundation, told me.

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Sultan Al Qassemi (Abu-Fadil)

And it’s not limited to elites, he insisted.

Al Qassemi was attending Kuwait-based Nuqat’s conference boosting innovation, promoting entrepreneurship, uncovering censorship, and serving as a teaching platform.

This year’s three-day conference was entitled “The Seventh Sense: Powering the Creative Economy.”

Al Qassemi spoke on the Arab world’s rich history in culture, and promoted the notion of cultural diplomacy, but admitted funding in general remained a hindrance to supporting the arts.

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Screen shot of Barjeel Foundation home page

He said Kuwait was a frontrunner in establishing art museums.

Al Qassemi, a noted patron of the arts from the United Arab Emirate of Sharjah where he set up his foundation, is a Renaissance man.

He is a columnist and commentator on Arab affairs whose articles have been published in the Guardian, CNN, The Independent, and Foreign Policy, and is a successful businessman to boot

But his passion is to save everything from lullabies to poetry, to music, to paintings and sculptures.

In his Nuqat presentation, Al Qassemi said challenges facing the creative economy in the Arab Gulf region included copyrights, the artist as master, and the lack of respect for intellectual property rights.

“Challenges facing the registration of intellectual property rights mean waiting at least a year to do so,” he noted, pointing to the high cost incurred by a creative person who has to register in each separate country.

Additionally, cyber crime laws are not properly developed to halt intellectual property right theft and there is no Arabic language website to handle the matter.

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Al Qassemi on Arab art and culture (Abu-Fadil)

Another major hitch is the burden of social and religious censorship, the closure of exhibitions deemed too provocative in Arab Gulf countries, and petrified educational systems, said the outspoken Al Qassemi.

His foundation’s mission is to promote art by artists from the Arab world through local and international exhibitions.

Al Qassemi, who is also the co-director of the Dubai Global Art Forum that gathers artists, curators, musicians and writers to exchange and debate ideas on chosen themes, recently gave a talk at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Egypt on the political undertones of iconic 20th Century artworks in the Arab world.

The subject: artworks as tools of soft power and propaganda by various Arab governments, including the Baathist regimes of Syria and Iraq, and the pan-Arabist government of Egypt’s Gamal Abdel Nasser, Ahram Online reported.

His talk coincided with the Barjeel Foundation’s opening of the Hurufiyya: Art and Identity exhibition on letterism.

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Screen shot of “Politics in Modern Arab Art” poster

The dynamic Al Qassemi rattled off a list of exhibitions to me that Barjeel was promoting from the end of 2016 through 2017, including the show in Alexandria, Egypt, as well as contemporary and modern art events in Tehran, Amman, Paris and Washington, DC.

I asked if Tehran wasn’t a sensitive topic given the tension between certain Arab countries and Iran, and the complicated geopolitics of the region.

His reply:
“Tehran is, and will remain forever, our neighbor. We here in the Gulf don’t have an issue with the Iranian people. We have a huge disagreement with the Iranian government. But it doesn’t mean that this should stand in the way of people-to-people, even commercial, exchange.”

Cultural exchange and tourism are probably among the most important things that bind people, he said.

“I think this helps to calm the atmosphere, even if governments disagree, so this is something that we have to keep in mind,” he explained.

The Nuqat conference was followed by four days of intensive workshops including designing and producing Arabic fonts using the Glyphs app, knowing one’s customer to improve one’s business, food in motion videography, Sadu-inspired product design from tapestries, boosting one’s employability in the creative industry, and creative problem solving skills in leadership.

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Tarek Atrissi explains the mechanics of font creation (Abu-Fadil)

Nuqat is a non-profit organization dedicated to the development of creativity in the Arab world.

I attended the first two workshops featuring Lebanese graphic design, typography, calligraphy and lettering expert Tarek Atrissi, and, Syrian entrepreneurship, design thinking and business management trainer Yara Al Adib.

“I’m interested in how typography becomes part of the visual language,” Atrissi said, adding that one can create compositions and visuals without resorting to pictures.

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Creating Arabic fonts (Abu-Fadil)

Atrissi said the Arab brand was becoming cool again and that common factors in the Arab world were language and change, with the complexity of culture in every aspect of design.

For Yara Al Adib, designers must know their customers to improve their businesses.

Unfortunately, many designers focus more on the creative side of their projects and neglect business requirements that keep them financially viable. Communicating about, and marketing, designers’ brands is almost an afterthought.

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Yara Al Adib (right) helps trainees wed creativity, entrepreneurship (Abu-Fadil)

“You have to be relevant digitally, but customer service should not be digital,” Al Adib said of the need for the human touch.

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Shawn Mendes Performs ‘Mercy’ & ‘Treat You Better’ on ‘Saturday Night Live’

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The 10 Best Beauty Instagrams of the Week: Lady Gaga, Kendall Jenner, and More

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This week, our Instagram feeds were overtaken by heavenly messengers—otherwise known as top-tier professional stunners with perfected toning routines. The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show—which airs tomorrow night—took some of our favorite models turned Angels to Paris, where they embraced the power of the self-facing snap, and more than a few beauty tricks, to mark the occasion. Georgia Fowler #trainedlikeanangel with a last-minute boxing session, while Sara Sampaio kept her complexion at 100 percent with a 24-karat gold mask by Mimi Luzon, saluting her winged status with goddess-inspired appeal. Lady Gaga readied for her runway performance at Alaïa, her peroxide blonde, exaggerated cat-eye, and arched brows offering a strong counterpart to the often-soft beauty that accompanies Victoria’s Secret.

Elsewhere, Karlie Kloss skipped Paris in favor of a pool day in Los Angeles, a sunny vibe that also defined model Salem Mitchell’s late-November look: natural pout, star-strewn shades, and a smattering of career-defining freckles. But back in Paris, Kendall Jenner offered one of the prettiest—and most relatable—shares of the week: Jenner, the Hadids, Joan Smalls, and more opted to take a field trip post-show, trading their wings for a celebratory carbo load. A restaurant shot of Jenner featured a doe-eyed gaze, power brows, artfully rumpled lengths, and the caption “burger please.” After the training sessions we’ve tracked, the girls definitely deserve it.

 

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7 ‘If We’re Not Married By…’ Pacts That Actually Ended In Marriage

In “How I Met Your Mother,” Ted and Robin make an agreement that if they’re still single at 40, they’ll just marry each other. 

Spoiler alert: They do eventually end up together (with a whole lot of ups and downs in between). But to our surprise, this kind of thing isn’t just a pop culture trope; it happens in real life too.

Read on for seven stories of real couples who made similar “if we’re not married by…” pacts and actually ended up together. Some didn’t wait until the agreed-upon age, but that doesn’t make their love stories any less sweet. 

1. We made the pact as a joke in high school. At 30, we tied the knot.

“Brittany and I were in each other’s lives longer than my memory will go back. We were always good friends, but got really close in middle school and high school. Sometime in high school we started joking that if we were both single at 30, then we would get married. At 24 we started hanging out a lot. By 25 we were in an official relationship. And on our 30th birthday (yes, we share that) we were married. We didn’t force anything because of the pact we made. It all happened as it was supposed to. We celebrated our first ‘birthiversary’ earlier this month, and we are still madly in love!” ― Byron 

2. After some heart break, we made the marriage pact in jest. Now we’re 30 and planning a wedding.

“Rey and I met online and became good friends when we were both 23, and since we lived 2000 miles apart, it was only a friendship. After each of us had a few bad relationships and shared mutual heartaches, we jokingly made our pact; If by 30, if we were still single, I’d take the leap of faith, move across country and we would date for a year or two before getting married. We both tried dating others, but by 28, we reconnected through social media. Our friendship grew and when the pact was mentioned again, we both embraced it. I moved to Texas in 2014, and now at 30, we are happily engaged and planning a wedding for the spring of 2018.” ― Heather W.

3. We decided on age 33, but destiny couldn’t wait that long.

“Jason and I met in high school in 1996 (we were 17) and ended up going to senior prom together since neither of us had dates. We decided that we were such good friends that if we weren’t married to other people in 2011 by the time we turned 33 (our birthdays are five days apart) that we’d marry each other. Fast forward to 1997 when we had our first child before getting married on Valentine’s Day in 2000. We were both so scared of finding ‘the one’ so young that we fought it, but fate had plans for us and they couldn’t wait until 2011! We now have two children, 16 years of marriage and are looking forward to old age together. Even when we are angry with each other, we can find a laugh because our friendship is so strong. It’s pretty damn awesome.” ― Dawn-Maia S.

4. We agreed that if we were single at 30, we’d get together. At 34, we were married.

“I first met Burnill in fourth grade and didn’t like him one bit. When we were 13 we met again at a skating rink while I was on a date with his friend and he was on a blind date with my friend. We eventually started spending time together, and we became a couple at 16. We broke up and lost touch for about a year after, and ran into each other again when we were 18. That’s when we made our pact that if we weren’t both married at 30 then we would get married. After this I didn’t see him for about nine years until he found me on Facebook. At the time I was married and had two kids. About six years later, I was single and he contacted me again via Facebook. We got married at 34 and have one beautiful little boy together, along with my two older children.” ― Rae M.

5. We started out as best friends with an “if we’re still single at 30…” agreement. Six months later, we were husband and wife. 

“My best friend of 10 years said to me one day in a group conversation that if we weren’t with anyone by the time she was 30 (she was 25 at the time) that we would have to be together. As beautiful as she was/is, I never made a move because I used to date her best friend, so I thought the ‘girl code’ would halt my advances. Sure enough, once she said that, I was like, ‘Hold up, she’s possibly into me?!’ So I made the move! Six months after that conversation, we got married. It was a fairly easy transition. Currently married for three years with two children. I’m loving every moment of it.”― Korderius D.

6. We made the pact in college. Two years later we were married ― long before age 40.

“Sarah and I became best friends after working as EMTs on our college ambulance service. We were never single at the same time, so when I was 20 and she was 22 we made a pact to get married when I was 40 if we were both single. I made it to age 22 before asking her to marry me. Our wedding was in 2013 and it was a ton of fun ― she’s a private pilot and I’m in the Air Force so we had a formation flight before exchanging vows on the taxiway at the small airport where she learned to fly.” ― Ahmed H.

7. We agreed to be each other’s backup spouse if we weren’t married by 30. Just a few years later, we got married. 

“I met Sam in 2010 during our freshman year of college. At the time we were both seeing other people, but we became very good friends very quickly mostly because of our mutual interest in self deprecation. Sometime that year we were talking about the inevitability of our current partners giving up on us and decided we should probably have some sort of contingency plan so we didn’t die miserable and alone. We decided if we were both single when we were 30, we would give up on love and resign ourselves to lives of senseless banter. She and I were 18 and 19, respectively. We decided we did actually love each other, so we moved our timetable up a bit and got married in April of 2013.” ― Ethan W.

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Twitter Users Recall All The #TrumpFirsts That America Is Enduring

For better or worse, Donald Trump vowed to shake up the political system.

And having already broken with convention multiple times on the campaign trail and since winning the U.S. presidential election, the #TrumpFirsts hashtag trended on Twitter over the weekend as users recalled the traditions he’s eschewed and imagined other (sometimes dangerous) precedents that he may soon set.

Here are some of the best posts from the @HashtagJones1-created game that we’ve seen so far:

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These Lip Tints Are Made From Your Favorite Wine

You may think few things in life bring more joy than a glass of vino, but that’s only because you haven’t heard of these wine-infused lip tints. 

Labiotte, the company behind the vibrant lip tints, uses a red wine extract called sepivinol. Labiotte claims the ingredient is an anti-aging antioxidant that can work wonders on your lips. And best of all, the lip tints come in adorable miniature wine bottles in six different shades. 

Could life as a wine lover be any more exciting right now? 

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Jennifer Aniston Crashes ‘SNL’ To Stop Vanessa Bayer’s Rachel Impression

Jennifer Aniston stopped by “Saturday Night Live” to ask Vanessa Bayer to stop impersonating Rachel Green, her character in “Friends.”

The actress softly reminded the “SNL” cast member, who also co-stars with her in new movie “Office Christmas Party,” that the sitcom was on air “five million and five years ago” in the skit.

Aniston then suggested that it was probably time for Bayer, who was dressed in full Rachel garb and on the “Weekend Update” segment to talk about ‘90s nostalgia, to move on.

“I just thought, because I do this great bit as Rachel,” said Bayer, to which Aniston replied: “Is it a great bit, though?”

There then followed a full-scale Rachel-off, as each tried to outdo the other with their impression. See how they fared above.

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Meet Begoña Alberdi, The Face of Modern-Day Opera

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Begoña Alberdi – photo courtesy of the artist

Many consider opera to be old-fashioned, what are your views ?

It’s not unusual for people to think of opera as something decadent, old fashioned or anachronistic. The reality is that opera is just a play that is sang, that is how music literature describe. It’s a genre in which stories are sang in a special manner.

Stories about kings, battles and encounters with the Gods have distanced opera from popular songs. That’s why, when it arose in the fifteenth century it was only accessible to the elite.
Nowadays, opera is within anyone’s reach, modern productions are making it more accessible to the public. Singers’ image has also evolved tremendously. We were once static figures on stage strictly focused on vocal performance, today we are more image conscious and enjoy an active media presence.

You are part of a younger generation of opera singers, how would you describe your job to someone who is not familiar with opera?

Being an opera singer requires a dedication that only athletes or people that play an instrument can relate to. It’s a career that comes with great sacrifice. The singer must always be ready, he has to keep studying to keep up to date and have a personal life without burdens. The constant traveling and long rehearsals make it very difficult to have a conventional personal life. Nevertheless, it’s a vocational career and that is the greatness of it.

When you are out on the stage and the first compasses of the piece of music come to live everything becomes clear, everything is worth it, all the sacrifices are eclipsed with the satisfaction of singing at that level. It’s a thrilling and at the same time exhausting career that helps you grow every day as a professional and as a person. Facing the challenges of a musical score and the stage makes us people with great capability and resilience.

When did you start singing and decided to make it your career ?

I started singing when I was very little. My mother would listen to opera live streaming on the radio. Together, we would listen in the dark to those magnificent voices and I would imagine a woman with long hair and never ending capes wandering through marvelous places. I always told my mother I wanted to be like the woman in the radio. Later in life I would learn that woman was Maria Callas.
“I want to be an opera singer” is what I would reply at age 6 when asked about my aspirations.Three decades later, here I am!

If your life was an aria, which one would it be and why?

Well, it’s not easy to consolidate a life in an Aria. I would say there are Arias that represent moments and times in my life in a very surprising way, but the Aria I would say represents many moments and that I identify with is Violetta’s Aria from the First Act in La Traviata. A woman who won’t allow herself to fall in love because her career would be in jeopardy.

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What is the most difficult opera role you have played? What was for you the easiest?

The most difficult role I have played is Norma, but I have to say that the most difficult performance was in a play by Carles Santos, a groundbreaking composer who wrote a play in which the singers were literally floating in the air- hanging in a harness. That is physically the most difficult role I’ve played.Nothing is easy but if I had to choose something achievable I would say Mozart’s Requiem.

Who is your role model, who inspired you?

Maria Callas and Montserrat Caballe are my two exclusive and defined role models.

You are considered teacher among teachers? Why is that? What makes you unique as a teacher?

My many years of experience and passion for human anatomy lead me during a moment in my life to learn what was really happening in my body when I sing: what parts of the body are involved, why, how do you get the highs in your voice or why is the diaphragm so
important.

All these questions (the same my students ask me today) needed an answer and I found them in studying human anatomy. That is why throughout the years I have developed an infallible teaching method that can be taught to anyone. The art of singing is made up of 90% of technique, without it you are jumping into the abyss with no safety net.

My knowledge of the vocal instrument is uncommon and I have worked very hard to teach each student how to use it, sculpting stage ready voices and singers that are physical, mental and emotionally prepared for first division.

You are very involved with children’s rights,why?

Children are magnificent creatures and at the same time a great responsibility. Our future is theirs but their present is ours to take care of. They are pages in a blank book, they learn anything you are willing to teach them. That is why a free, renaissance education is so important. An education that opens the doors of knowledge and prepares them to make their own life decisions.
Child abuse and taunting in their early years are devastating and prevents any chance of stability or opportunity.

It is not an easy path to be an opera singer, what would you change within that arena?

In the opera world, I would change a lot of people. These are difficult times and we are “trapped” in a dynamic of personal preferences that has nothing to do with the quality and excellence of singing capabilities. Our representatives and directors are the ones that decide who sings and where. Trends change and sometimes you sacrifice quality for other criteria that is far from what opera should be.

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How is Begoña off the stage, is there a difference between the opera singer and the person?

Offstage Begoña is a woman who takes care of her friends, watches over the voices that have trusted her every day and someone who fights for human rights, who believes in individual freedom. A woman of strong character and at the same time sensitive to the fundamental values. She knows what she wants and what she doesn’t want.

On stage, she is a confident, professional, and serious (even when she is funny), hardworking and without inhibitions. You can’t take your problems on stage nor your insecurities or personal battles.

What are your future plans?

The future is part of a world of dreams and illusions. Right now I’m writing a book about “The Alberdi Method”. The vocal technique that I developed and I use with my students. This is very motivating, it will include all my vocal knowledge and experience, a magnificent and unknown instrument. I will reveal all the secrets to singing and will dissipate any doubts people have about singing.

What is your biggest dream ?

My professional goal is to take my voice to the Scala Theatre in Milan and The Metropolitan opera in New York. I have been singing for over 25 years and have been invited to almost every theatre in the world. I have sung in Barcelona at the Liceu Theatre, at the Royal Theatre in Madrid, opera Houses in Berlin, Frankfurt, Venice, Rome, Vatican City, Mexico, Brazil, Korea and countless other countries around the world. However, these two theatres are the Mecca of a singer, the zenith of a career.

My personal dream is to keep enjoying what I do every day. To be able to improve people’s lives by working with groups and associations that help the less fortunate. Also, I would like to keep helping the younger generations discover the wonderful world the opera is and to take their voices to the top. I would love to leave good memories in those people that know me and just keep enjoying every day whatever the universe has in store for me.

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The Best Fashion Instagrams of the Week: Kate Moss, the Lady Gaga Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Shutdown, and More!

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We’re all familiar with the pose, which for a lack of a better word, we’ll call the “bedroom sprawl.” Splayed out across perfectly rumpled white sheets, one gazes into the camera with a nonchalant, woke-up-like-this look. It’s something we’ve seen often on Instagram lately, and Kate Moss mastered the art this past week. Wearing a vintage Metallica tee and a pair of heart-shaped sunglasses while lounging across a blanket, the British supermodel proved why she is still the veritable poster girl of insouciant cool. Lady Gaga, on the other hand, took a decidedly more glamorous approach to her Instagram pose. After bringing the house down in Alaïa at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show on Wednesday, the singer reclined against a sewing dress form.

“The Boss,” aka Diana Ross, was more than regal at her Presidential Medal of Freedom award ceremony. Dressed in all black, the renowned R&B singer was the picture of elegance at the White House beside a portrait of another American legend—Jackie Kennedy. Chairlift singer Caroline Polachek had buyer’s remorse over her funky apple-shaped eyewear on a recent duty-free shopping trip in Tokyo’s Narita Airport, while nail artist Madeline Poole pulled off an authentic mid-century look of a floral bias-cut dress and matching straw bag in Havana.

 

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Why This Wife Is Proud Of Her ‘Pathetic’ $130 Engagement Ring

One Tennessee wife is here to remind us that money can’t buy you love.

On Thursday, the Facebook page Love What Matters shared a post penned by Ariel Desiree McRae in defense of her $ 130 engagement ring set.

Take 1 or Take 2, I'll take you anyway I can get you

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The Tennessee woman writes that she and her husband Quinn were tight on money ― “scraping to pay bills and put food in our bellies” ― but didn’t want to wait any longer to get married. 

She told her husband that she didn’t need a ring, but he insisted on getting her one anyway. The couple visited jewelry store Pandora and bought a sterling silver and cubic zirconia engagement ring set for the occasion. 

They aren't big and they aren't expensive, but they are the most precious and the most beautiful things in the world to me

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While there, an unknowing sales associate made a snide remark about the simple rings the couple was purchasing. 

“Y’all can you believe that some men get these as engagement rings? How pathetic,” the sales associate said, not realizing the couple was doing just that.

The encounter left Quinn understandably deflated and upset.

“He already felt like a failure, asking me again and again, ‘Are you sure you’ll be happy with these? Are you sure this is okay?’” Ariel wrote. “He was so upset at the idea of not making me happy enough and of me not wanting to marry him because my rings didn’t cost enough money or weren’t flashy enough.”

But none of that mattered to Ariel. 

“Y’all I would have gotten married to this man if it had been a 25-cent gum ball machine ring,” she wrote. 

The couple eloped at a courthouse in a no-frills ceremony that was just right for them. 

“I’ve never been this happy in my life and I couldn’t imagine spending it with anyone else ever,” she said. “Here I am, courthouse married, $ 130 ring set, the love of my life by my side and happier than I could ever imagine.” 

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Matthew Broderick Has His Donald Trump Impression Locked Down

Matthew Broderick’s impression of Donald Trump is just yuuuuge.

The actor poked fun at the president-elect on Friday after “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert asked whether he’d ever met his fellow native New Yorker.

“I’ve walked by the building plenty,” said Broderick. “[But] I don’t think I’ve ever met him, I don’t think he’s ever come to a show that I was in, at all.

“Usually if somebody likes that comes, you kinda know it, he comes back stage,” the “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” star added, before launching into an impromptu impression of how he’d imagine Trump thanking him after the show.

Broderick later claimed it was the first time he’d attempted to send up the incoming POTUS. Check out the full interview above, and further footage from the show below:

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Lego Donald Trump Makes Christmas Anything But Great Again

This Lego Donald Trump will be on the naughty list ad infinitum.

The plastic version of the president-elect seizes control of the North Pole just two days after his inauguration, in the latest stop-motion animated video by Alisha Brophy and Scott Miles.

And as Santa Claus, he immediately sets to work in reshaping the holidays to be exactly how he wants them.

Russian President Vladimir Putin makes a brief appearance, and there are references to Trump’s spat with the cast of the “Hamilton” musical and his ejection of a baby from a campaign rally.

There’s even a mention of his disgusting comments about women.

“When you’re Santa, you can do whatever. Grab ‘em by the antlers,” Trump as Santa says, before calling “for a total ban on Gingerbread men,” in reference to his campaign vow to ban Muslims from entering the U.S.

Check out the full video above.

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People Are Imagining What It Would Take For 2016 To Redeem Itself

For many, 2016 has undoubtedly been a tough year.

The deaths of music and acting legends such as David Bowie, Leonard Cohen, Prince, Alan Rickman and Gene Wilderhas been further compounded for some by Donald Trump’s surprise U.S. presidential election victory.

With those events in mind, Twitter users have been suggesting #howcan2016redeemitself in its four remaining weeks.

Some take a wildly optimist approach, while others appear happy for it all to end with a gigantic meteor strike. Here are some of the best posts below:

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The Timely Joys of Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley

I’m looking forward to the next play on offer at the Marin Theatre Company, in Mill Valley, but after the events of the past few months, I’m glad it doesn’t open until next month. It’s the West Coast premiere of Native Son, by Nambi E. Kelley, adapted from Richard Wright’s justly famed 1940 novel. MTC’s work is always so good, I’m sure the Chicago-set play, which conveys the social inevitability behind a horrific crime, will be well worth seeing. But like many people around here, I think, I need something gentle, sweet spirited, and charming right now. I need to laugh!

Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley is just the ticket. Critics and playgoers will call it “a holiday delight,” and they’ll be right, but it’s far more than a seasonal bonbon. Beyond its wonderful wit and humor, clever characterizations, and almost farcical comings and goings, the play delves into questions of freedom, duty, and happiness so deftly, you almost don’t notice how thoughtful it is.

If you know your Jane Austin, you’re already aware that the play revisits our beloved Pride and Prejudice. It’s set about two years after Lizzy Bennet has married Mr. Darcy and come to live on his grand estate. There for the holiday are her elder sister, Jane, and Mr. Bingley, awaiting their first child; Lydia Wickham, one of the two flibbertigibbet younger sisters; and Mary, the overlooked middle daughter. Darcy is the first to notice how observant, articulate, and witty Mary has become. The woman is stuck at home with her parents, with little to occupy her but her books and her pianoforte, and even her playing has become impressive…and expressive.

2016-12-02-1480641534-6358079-MTC_Miss_Bennet_Brigham_LoRes.jpgOne who quickly does appreciate Mary is Darcy’s cousin Arthur de Bourgh, nephew of the novel’s odious Lady Catherine, who is Mary’s equal in bookishness but far more awkward socially. Adam Magill is terrifically shy and bumbling, especially in the scenes where the late Lady Catherine’s daughter, Anne, arrives at Pemberley and announces, to his surprise and Mary’s extreme disappointment, that they’re engaged. The scenes in which Lydia (Erika Rankin) and Anne (Laura Odeh) pursue him are hilarious. With Martha Brigham as Mary, they are at the top of a topnotch cast, which includes Cindy Im as Lizzy, Lauren Spencer as Jane, Joseph Patrick O’Malley as Darcy, and Thomas Gorrebeeck as Bingley.
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And the way the play deals with the serious questions at its core is exhilarating. As the only male heir, Arthur, not Anne, has inherited Lady Catherine’s estate. The obvious solution to that problem is for them to marry; personal happiness is beside the point. As the play reminds us, Longbourn, the Bennet home, is similarly entailed to a male cousin; when her parents die, Mary will have to depart as well.

The novel doesn’t spend any time on the situation, but it is a terrible one, as the spirited Mary makes clear. The scene in which she reminds Arthur that he has choices, that he has the freedom a woman lacks–that he, unlike her, can shape his own life–is thrilling. When Arthur takes a stand at last, you want to cheer.

Another excellent thing about the play–by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon, beautifully directed by Meredith McDonough–is that all the sisters come into their own; there’s more to each of them now. It’s Lydia, of all people, finally looking beyond herself and no longer pretending to be happy, who suggests a different future to Anne.

The other night, my friend and I sat behind longtime Bay Area actors Joy and Nancy Carlin and discussed the play with them a bit at intermission. When the lights came up at the end, they turned around with tears in their eyes. “We got a little verklempt,” Joy said. We all laughed a lot, too. What more could you want at Christmas, especially now?

Through Dec. 23, Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley, 415.388.5208, marintheatre.org.

Photographs by Kevin Berne. From top: Martha Brigham as Mary Bennet; Brigham with Laura Odeh as Anne de Bourgh (center) and Erika Rankin as Lydia Bennet; (from left) Thomas Gorrebeeck as Bingley, Adam Magill as Arthur de Bourgh, and Joseph Patrick O’Malley as Darcy.

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The Best Moments From Jackie Kennedy’s Famous TV Tour of the White House

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There’s nothing glossy about Jackie Kennedy in Pablo Larraín’s new biopic about the former First Lady. In fact, his bold film is at times brutal and emotionally raw, to say the least. Aside from examining the tragedy that she endured during and after the assassination of her husband, President John F. Kennedy, the movie also provides an intense character study of a woman who understood the art of self-branding before any of the Kardashians even existed—and she did it with inimitable poise and class. Evidence of this is portrayed throughout Jackie, specifically in the scenes that re-create the televised 1962 tour she gave of the White House and the vast and varied renovations she oversaw throughout.

It was the first time in history that a First Lady gave a private tour of the White House to the American people seated in front of their TVs at home, walking them (and CBS News correspondent Charles Collingwood) through the state dining room, the Red Room, the Lincoln Bedroom, and the room Mrs. Kennedy designated for in-house reupholstery, among others. She raised most of the funds for the restoration privately and succeeded in hunting down pieces that once belonged to past presidents, bringing them back to their former glory inside the White House. While many saw her restoration as a vanity project, her intention was not to force her own tastes upon the interiors, but to bring back a sense of American pride and history into a home that had long been stripped of it. As President Kennedy says at the end of the special, “Anyone who comes to the White House as a president desires the best for his country, but I think he does receive a stimulus from the knowledge of living in close proximity to the people who are legendary but who actually were alive and were in these rooms.” And it was his gracious and enigmatic wife who made that symbolism come to life.

Below, in honor of Jackie’s official release today, here are some of the most memorable highlights from Mrs. Kennedy’s historic tour of the White House.

 

 

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23 Dark Wedding Dresses For Brides Who Think White Is Trite

Brides, it’s time to get in touch with your dark side.

A white wedding dress is classic and lovely, but there’s something rad about a bride with the confidence to buck tradition and wear a gown in black, navy blue or a deep green instead. Below, 23 dark-colored gowns that will strike your fancy. 

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Emma Stone Hilariously Fails Jimmy Fallon’s ‘Singing Whisper Challenge’

Actress Emma Stone has many talents, but she’s yet to master the “Singing Whisper Challenge.”

The “La La Land” star took turns with Jimmy Fallon at guessing song titles while wearing noise-canceling headphones on The Tonight Show” on Thursday.

And let’s just say, things didn’t go her way.

“Whatever you’re doing looks inappropriate,” she yelled at Fallon as he whispered the lyrics to Bruce Springsteen’s 1984 rock classic “Born In The U.S.A.”

See how Stone fared at working out other song titles in the clip above.

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Magnetic Face Masks Are The Beauty Craze You Have To Try

Face masks come in all different varieties. They’ve been made with ingredients like tea-tree oil, clay, and charcoal ― but if you’re looking for something a little more interesting to try, now’s your chance. 

Iron-based, magnetic masks have been taking the beauty industry by storm. While most masks take a splash of water to wipe the creamy substance from your face, the only way you can remove these iron-infused masks is with a magnet. 

Want to learn more about the magnetic mask craze? Check out the video below to watch the mask in action. 

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Donald Trump’s Presidential Texting Powers Terrify Stephen Colbert

Donald Trump will soon (in theory) be able to send text messages to every single cell phone in America at once ― whether citizens like it or not.

And “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert is afraid, given the president-elect’s reputation for Twitter rants.

Here’s the deal, you legally don’t have to follow his tweets, you can unfollow Trump, delete Twitter, go into the world, live your life,” the comedian said Thursday night.

“But the bad news is, starting January 20, Donald Trump can send unblockable mass text messages to the entire nation,” he added. “The only person I would trust less with that technology is Anthony Weiner.

Colbert said people could block most Wireless Emergency Alerts when they regarded issues such as missing persons or natural disasters.

But ones that the president issues? Nope. They would always be delivered.

“If Trump wants you to know what he thinks about the cast of ‘Hamilton?’ You will listen,” Colbert added, before pondering why President Barack Obama hadn’t issued a single WEA during his eight years in office.

Check out the full monologue above.

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Quiet Black Girls—And How We Fail Them

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I’m not a scientist—I am a practitioner of public education as an administrator. Yet, in my teaching days before I entered admin, I noticed certain trends in a segment of my classroom and school that I dubbed “Quiet Black Girl Syndrome.” I assembled data from daily interactions and from observing my students at recess or in academic settings, and I didn’t initially have a descriptor for it. I simply noted what happened to the Black girls in class who didn’t speak up often.

It’s to my detriment that I didn’t see it as an introverted issue. In fact, had I realized this was tied to the temperament spectrum, I could have collected resources and sought out social and emotional assistance for them. But early on, I didn’t even realize these girls were suffering; that discovery came during a tense parent/teacher conference.

My student, Starre, was incredibly bright and always turned in her work. She had straight As; she occasionally struggled with a concept, but she worked so hard that I didn’t bother worrying about her. It embarrasses me now to think about this, but let me say again: I didn’t bother worrying about her. She became wallpaper in my classroom. I often forgot to call on her during discussions and critical conversations about learning. Some days when I took attendance and she wasn’t there, I failed to notice it and just marked her “present.” I’d think back later to the class period: “Did I see Starre in class today? Hmm. I can’t remember.”

Starre, and girls like her, oftentimes begin the process of becoming invisible in the classroom. This invisibility fully manifests in adulthood, in the ways that Black women must move through the world. It’s kind of a phenomenon that we educators conflate “quiet” with “good.” We call them “good Black girls” because we don’t have to deal with them, while we allow other—louder—students to take our attention in the classroom. Because they’re so “good,” we expect them to behave all the time, which doesn’t give them the space to be individuals or growing adolescents. Making these assumptions about them fails to include them or support them in their growth—and their exclusion impacts all of us.

It’s an ugly truth that the outcomes of students’ learning are dependent on their self-presentation. Young students who are female and Black are already dealing with the intersections that marginalize them. When they’re quiet too—truly introverted—I have to admit, I’ve failed them on multiple levels in the past. When those girls find their voices and begin to assert themselves, they are often shut down and asked to return to the quiet girls we once knew and ignored. The shutting down stems from racially problematic and historic issues within the larger culture.

Educators like to call it an “achievement” gap, but I much prefer to say it’s an “access” gap—this label better reflects the context of the lesser quality education that students of color have historically been offered.

“Access gap” also speaks to housing discrimination. Each district’s educational dollars are based on local state housing tax income, thus directly attaching the educational quality of our schools to the wealth in the area: the wealthier a community is, the better their schools can be.

Education reformers like to label these schools as “failing” when the reality is they are being made to fail. The lesser access to quality education leads to beliefs of lesser ability. Research shows that white male teachers are 10 to 20 percent more likely to have low expectations for Black female students. The data doesn’t lie; we continue to learn that Black girls are victims of a kind of double jeopardy “wherein they are disadvantaged because of negative race stereotypes and negative gender stereotypes.”

Starre’s mother helped me see this bias, which, even though I myself am a Black female educator, I am still prey to, in our conference. She wasn’t angry with me, but the full weight of her frustration—of constantly fighting for her daughter’s involvement and recognition in the classroom—came to rest at my feet that day. Why, she wondered, was her daughter never asked to be one of the student ambassadors who took people on tours of the school? Why was she never nominated for Student of the Month? Her mother had seen photos on our website of those celebrations, overrun with mostly white, middle-class students whose parents attended the PTO meetings. Why didn’t I challenge her daughter, when I knew she was capable of more than the mediocre work I was accepting?

Nothing about her questions was easy for me. I thanked her for homing my attention on her quiet, introverted girl, who was developing along with her peers but to whom we paid no attention because she wasn’t a problem in the classroom. Without the focus we denied her, Starre could move through school lithely, but what a missed opportunity for us to push her towards reaching her potential!

Starre was a good Black girl, and she fell on the temperament spectrum as introverted. She did her work, completed assignments, and faithfully met classwork requirements. I was failing her by assuming that was all she could achieve. And by ignoring her, I was missing out on the potential impact of a great student who could offer much more than the surface revealed.

It doesn’t take a scientist or clinician to see how schools can fail students who are people of color, but a huge piece of future impact would be to consider that they can be introverts too and that educators need to respond to their needs.

Love Quiet Revolution’s parenting articles? Listen to Quiet—our new podcast for parents and educators of quiet kids hosted by bestselling author Susan Cain. We’ve also developed a Parenting Quiet Kids online course, including expert advice, tools, and strategies. Take our free quiz to learn more!

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All Blues Serves Its Latest Micro Jewelry Collection, The Ruined Omelette, Sunny Side Up

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All Blues, the bijou Swedish jewelry brand, was founded in 2010 by friends Fredrik Nathorst and Jacob Skragge with a $ 2,000 loan from Skragge’s mother. “At the beginning it was a side project just to learn something on our own,” explains Nathorst. “We started out with a big piece of paper and drew some products that we wanted to create, and took it to some stores in Stockholm.” Armed with positive feedback, the duo introduced men’s leather jewelry under the label All Blues. “We sat in my mother’s kitchen listening strictly to blues and jazz music for five months straight,” says Nathorst, so the name “became a symbol for that era of our project.”

Things went from blue to rosy when the duo got a call from Acne Studios’s Jonny Johansson, with whom All Blues launched an international collaboration for Spring 2015. This past spring, All Blues shifted its focus to women’s jewelry, launching a core collection, Hungry & Satiated Snakes, inspired by Nathorst’s visit to the local zoo. “It totally blew my mind how the snakes are able to have a very uniform shape when they are hungry and then they can eat massive amounts of food and their stomach just grows thicker,” the designer recounts.

Skragge and Nathorst have organized All Blues in such a way that the main collection is supported by micro collections. The first, Marianne, had an especially moving narrative. It was named for Skragge’s late grandmother, who in 1961 bought a necklace of 37 amber stones in Israel. Her dying wish was for her belongings to be spread in the wind; to honor that request All Blues produced 37 earrings, each containing one of the amber beads.

This Friday, All Blues will introduce its second micro collection, called The Ruined Omelette, which comes at a time when fashion is seemingly obsessed with food—from Dolce & Gabbana’s pasta prints to Anya Hindmarch’s fur egg bag charms. The Ruined Omelette consists of four pieces made out of one egg: two halves of the cracked eggshell, the yolk, and the egg white; and it was conceived in Nathort’s kitchen one Sunday morning after he accidently dropped his breakfast ingredients. The eggshell and whites are executed in recycled sterling silver and the yolk in 18 karat gold, and like all All Blues products, the pieces are hand-forged in a third-generation foundry. As Skragge and Nathorst like to take a multidisciplinary approach to everything they do, The Ruined Omelette pieces will be accompanied by a limited-edition cookbook. It features a recipe for an omelet with white Alba truffles, spring onions, Amaretto and beetroot reduction, and warm Parmesan foam created by Stefano Catenacci, Chef des Cuisines at Operakällaren, a Michelin-star restaurant in Stockholm.

The shelf life of All Blues’s collectible confections is designed to outlast, by far, Catenacci’s elevated but ephemeral culinary wizardry. “I like the way you buy jewelry, compared with fashion,” explains Nathorst, “it’s supposed to last a long time.

 

 

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This Is What Every Introvert Craves In A Relationship

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By Bianca Sparacino

We crave your time. We crave you in the quiet of a Sunday afternoon, in the thunder of a Thursday storm. We don’t need much, just bring us your heart, pinned to your sleeve. Just bring us your mind, cupped within your palms. Bring us your closeness, your unhinged ribcage, your dreams and your aspirations. Bring us the key to the world you hold within you, and we will explore it. We will always explore it.

We crave your understanding. We crave the ability to be who we are — the over thinking, daydreaming, messy hearted human beings who have the loudest worlds tucked beneath their skin. We crave acceptance — your arms around us when we need to leave the party, a smile on your face as we walk towards the exit, a nudge that says “It’s okay to be drained. It’s okay.”

We crave your patience. We crave time — time to figure out the feelings that jump and leap and shout inside us. We tread so deeply, we sometimes drown. Love overstimulates us, it plants seeds in our lungs and sometimes it gets hard to breathe. We crave permission to pluck the weeds from within our chests, we crave permission to learn how to wade in our depths, until we know how to swim. We crave your confidence in us, in our ability to dig up what we want to express to you. Because we do care, we do; we just want to be sure of ourselves, we just want to be sure of our heart, before we allow someone to make a home within us.

We crave your distance. We crave room to stretch our limbs, soft moments where nothing is expected of us. This is how we connect with our softness, this is how we connect with our quiet. When this happens, we crave the ability to be alone without hurting you — without causing you to retreat into your mind; without making you believe that you did something wrong or that we have lost interest. Trust me — if we love you, we love you, but we crave your compassion, your empathy, because moments alone with our hopes and our dreams are just as important as the moments we spend with you. They are our strength. They are our comfort, our fuel, our paradise.

But most of all, we crave your knowledge of us. We crave the way you see the small things we do as declarations of our love. See, when we do extroverted things with you, when we come out with you and dance with you and laugh out loud with you, we want you to know what that means. How we love seeing you happy. How it makes it all worth it, even if it makes us weary.

And when we invite you into our heads, when we show you our favourite dog-eared books or cry in front of you while watching our favourite movie, when we share with you these extensions of who we are, and what shaped the very foundation of our souls, we want you to know what that means. How hard that is for us. How we try for you. How we will always try for you.

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Pop-Tarts And Dunkin’ Donuts Just Made A Food Baby And It’s… Interesting

I hate Pop-Tarts.

They smell medicinal and sort of taste like cardboard. I have no fond childhood memories involving them and they were never my after-school snack.

That said, the Pop-Tarts and Dunkin’ Donuts snack collaboration intrigued me.

I thought, “Dunkin’ Donuts doughnuts are very average so when combined with the mediocrity of a Pop-Tart, magic is sure to happen.” Sadly, this partnership is not a Pop-Tart-flavored doughnut or a doughnut-flavored Pop-Tart.

It’s coffee beverage-flavored Pop-Tarts. Specifically, a Frosted Chocolate Mocha Pop-Tart and Frosted Vanilla Latte Pop-Tart.

The press release says the Chocolate Mocha Pop-Tarts are “filled with chocolatey-espresso goodness and topped with whipped cream-inspired frosting” and the Frosted Vanilla Latte Pop-Tarts offer “a rich, sweet vanilla flavor and coffee-frosting swirl.”

Because I despise Pop-Tarts and only mildly hated the Mocha Pop-Tarts (an achievement, I promise you), I forced the HuffPost newsroom to eat these and tell me their thoughts. 

Here’s how they felt about the Frosted Chocolate Mocha Pop-Tart:

THE GOOD

“I could barely taste the espresso aspect of the mocha, but I would probably eat this Pop-Tart hot again because it tastes like a brownie.” – Katy Brooks, Senior Arts & Culture Editor

THE BAD

“Everything is really good until you stop eating it. It’s got a coffee aftertaste that I feel has ruined my breath for the rest of time.” – Abigail Williams, Director of College Outreach

“I would think it was just a plain, ole boring chocolate Pop-Tart if you didn’t tell me there was mocha involved.” – Elyse Wanshel, Trends Editor

“The chocolate pastry part of this didn’t really work for me. It was fine, but I’d go for the classic strawberry Pop-Tart over this one.” – Hilary Hanson, Trends Editor

“A bit malty for my taste.” - JamesMichael Nichols, Deputy Editor of Queer Voices

“The chocolate just had an overwhelming taste (not in a good way).” – Taryn Finley, Associate Editor of Black Voices

“A bit too strong for my liking ― the taste stays in back of throat.” - Nina Golgowski, Trends Editor

THE UGLY

“Pop-Tarts are trash.” – Julia Bush, Social Media Editor

Here’s how they felt about the Frosted Vanilla Latte Pop-Tarts:

THE GOOD:

“I for sure could get behind this. It tastes like it should have been a Pop-Tart already.” – Abigail Williams, Director of College Outreach

“The vanilla latte pop tart is mouth watering!” – Brennan Williams, Pop Culture Editor

“It has a subtle coffee aftertaste.” – Elyse Wanshel, Trends Editor

“Miraculously, this not only legitimately tasted like coffee, but was also enjoyable to eat. I think it would be better warm.” – Hilary Hanson, Trends Editor

“I really enjoyed the vanilla — it tasted like a vanilla latte in Pop-Tart form.” - JamesMichael Nichols, Deputy Editor of Queer Voices

This tastes like a latte if the foam was made of marshmallow whip.” – Maddie Crum, Books & Culture Writer

“Tastes like an Eggo waffle with syrup!” – Priscilla Frank, Arts & Culture Writer

“I could rock with the vanilla latte flavor straight out of the toaster.” – Taryn Finley, Associate Editor of Black Voices

THE BAD:

“I’d just rather have an Eggo.” – Katy Brooks, Senior Arts & Culture Editor

THE UGLY:

“The latte one tasted like vanilla extract sprinkled on cardboard.” – Julia Bush, Social Media Editor

Well, there you have it. If you want to buy them for yourself, they’re available now at retailers nationwide for $ 2.59 for an 8-count box.

Now, who’s hungry? 

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17 Nonbasic Gifts To Get For Acquaintances You Barely Know

The holidays are a wonderful time to shower your loved ones with thoughtful gifts. That said, every passing year seems to bring more and more random people into your life. How are you supposed to impress your boyfriend’s mom’s cousins with your gift-giving skills when you barely even know them?

Say no more. We all have a few acquaintances we need to get presents for, whether they’re in the office Secret Santa pool or at your new girlfriend’s holiday party. Here are the gifts to buy for every random acquaintance in your life, based on how much you know about them. 

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Napoleon Dynamite Wants Some Of Pablo’s Tots In New Ad For Burger King

Gosh. In honor of something called “cheesy tots,” Burger King has recruited Jon Heder and Efren Ramirez to reprise their “Napoleon Dynamite” roles as the tot-loving Napoleon and his best friend Pedro.

The tables have turned in this reimagining of a favorite scene from the 2004 cult film in which Napoleon, having snuck some tater tots out of the high school cafeteria in his pants pocket, is harassed by hungry classmate Randy during a lesson. This time, Napoleon finds himself looking enviously at Pedro’s tots.

Spoiler: He doesn’t put them in his pocket. Instead, he eats them from the table surface like the very adult 39-year-old man that he evidently is now.

Another spoiler: The tots are good!

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‘Hamilton’-Themed ‘Drunk History’ Is The Holiday Gift We Deserve

If you didn’t catch the latest “Drunk History” ― Episode 10, Season 4 ― please correct your mistake. Stream the blessed television experience on Comedy Central’s website or app so that you, like we did, can witness the magic that is Lin-Manuel Miranda, drunk, reciting history like it’s his job.

(Note: It was his job. See: “Hamilton: An American Musical,” which he created. And that’s why he’s do goddamn good at it, even when plied with copious amounts of booze.)

If you’ve already watched the episode several times today… great. Let’s talk. There are a few moments we’d like to underscore. Because the biography of Alexander Hamilton is made infinitely more interesting when acted out by the likes of Alia Shawkat, Aubrey Plaza, Tony Hale, David Wain, Bokeem Woodbine and a little known actor named David Grohl. (Yes, Dave Grohl.)

Those moments are:

  • This introductory quote from Miranda on Alexander Hamilton: “History spoiler: He’s gonna invent our economy.”
  • That time a “sick-ass Hamilton” arrived on a flaming ship to America. Note to audience: “Your ass will never be the same.”

  • The first time Miranda acknowledged his drunkenness: “OK, I’m gonna lean forward … Oh shit, I’m drunk … Pretty drunk.”
  • The second time he acknowledged his drunkenness: “I’m giggly and there’s gaps in my memory already.”

  • That time Miranda compared the Reynolds Pamphlet to a Penthouse Letter using the phrases “ripped-bodice woman” and “Dick 101.” (Bonus, you can read the real Reynolds Pamphlet here and compare them to Penthouse Letters for yourself!)
  • That time Questlove FaceTimed with Miranda during the “Drunk History” taping. Also, that time Christopher Jackson FaceTimed with him during the same taping. “You’re my best friend,” Miranda told Jackson. “As long as I have a job, you have a job.” #SquadGoals.
  • When Miranda and “Drunk History” host/co-creator Derek Waters discussed ordering a Domino’s pizza. (We’ve all been there.)
  • When Miranda said “bro” at least nine times in a row.
  • When Miranda sang ― and played on the piano ― a rendition of Semisonic’s “Closing Time.” Wow.
  • That time Miranda introduced us to the phrase “fuck you-it-iveness.”
  • Those closing words: “It’s fucked up. It’s really fucked up.”
  • Finally, everything Tony Hale did. Just gaze upon the clip above and the screenshots below.

There are few things in this world as beautiful as a “Drunk History” episode. And to modify that statement, there are few things in this world as beautiful as the original “Drunk History” episode about the American statesman and Founding Father Hamilton.

Somehow, Miranda is able to charmingly swear his way through a rival performance, proving that he and his pony tail can do anything. Anything.

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Frank Ocean, Arcade Fire, Bon Iver Among Primavera Sound 2017 Headliners

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Wedded Couple Stuck In Traffic Take First Dance On Highway

The road to love isn’t always smooth, as Jeff and Rebecca Payne found out this week.

The couple were married in Dayton, Ohio, Saturday night, only to get stuck in a huge traffic jam on the way to their reception.

The bride and groom ― and everyone else ― were stalled for an hour before another motorist spotted the bride’s wedding dress and suggested they do their first dance right there on U.S. Route 35, according to local station WLWT.

“It was actually some strangers from Kansas,” the couple’s videographer, Levi Curby, told CNN. “They noticed the wedding dress and asked what (the newlyweds) would be doing if they weren’t stuck in traffic.”

The motorists suggested the couple take that first dance then and there.

Although “Life Is A Highway” may have been apropos, the couple instead danced to Alison Krauss’ “When You Say Nothing At All,” which one of the bystanders found on Spotify.

Others watched from their vehicles while Curby filmed the whole thing, according to “Inside Edition.”

“I think there were some tears at first, but no meltdowns,” Curby told “Inside Edition.” “They were two sports. They handled the whole thing so well. They did great. The dance turned it into a party.”

The couple were finally rescued from their gridlocked reception when a friend of the groom’s father pulled up in the opposite lane, so the Paynes could hop over a guardrail, get into the car and start the rest of their life.

Here’s a video of the rescue:

 

The Paynes are now reportedly vacationing in an undisclosed location. Hopefully, it has little or no traffic.

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