Design

‘Spice World’ Outfits, Ranked

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Few would say Spice World — the distinctly British musical comedy made by the Spice Girls at the height of their fame in 1997 — is, well, good. It is, however, a unique film in the landscape of scripted comedies made by famous musical acts. With just a little more plot, it could have reached the heights achieved by The Beatles’ Help!, which is to say: Spice World could be Monty Python levels of zany, not to mention far more surreal. As it stands, it’s more A Hard Day’s Night than Magical Mystery Tour, which is undoubtedly a positive.
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10 Stunning Mountain House Getaways

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Nothing makes us want to cozy up and settle in like a long winter. Facing the cold months ahead, we’re dreaming of a rustic place to call home for the snowy season — somewhere far away, with a fantastic view and nothing but nature. These mountain house getaways offer just that, boasting stunning architecture and interior design. Picture yourself with a warm drink, a good book, and charming company, and browse these fantasy mountain retreats.
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Great Fashion Moments From 13 Classic Holiday Films

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We’ve guided you to offbeat holiday films, classic holiday films, anti-Christmas movies, excellent holiday movies, lousy holiday movies, and a holiday movie so lousy it’s excellent. Now let’s talk about holiday movie fashion. Sometimes I watch old Christmas movies just to ogle the stunning, shimmering formal dresses inevitably worn by the female leads. It’s a productive use of time over the holiday break, clearly.
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Literary T-Shirts for Last-Minute Holiday (or Treat-Yourself) Gifts

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I’m obsessed with literary T-shirts because they’re my version of band T-shirts — exactly the kind of geeky, nerdy, not-quite-hipster item that fits my personality. I won’t mention how many I own. And a Jane Eyre T-shirt was my most treasured MFA graduation present. So, in the spirit of the season, I thought I’d honor night seven of Hanukkah and the penultimate eve before Christmas Eve by sharing a few perfect literary T-shirts to purchase for yourself or a loved one before the year ends.
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Creative 2015 Calendars to Inspire You in the New Year

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Another new year, another new calendar — because nothing makes us feel the trembling of our mortality more than tracking time each and every day. If you’re like us, sometimes a digital calendar just won’t cut it. Enjoy putting pen to paper and watching the days flip by? Pick up one of these beautifully designed 2015 calendars that are sure to get your creative juices …Read More

Beautiful Pastry Shops Around the World

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Desserts aren’t just delicious. They’re a sensory experience meant to be savored with every bite. The perfect pâtisserie offers more than just sweets. Bakers and food artisans have known for eons that nothing excites our palettes more than beautiful surroundings filled with delicious treats that tempt our eyes before our tummies. We traveled around the world to bring you some of the most beautiful pastry shops, where delighting in a decadent dessert is an art.
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Fascinating Early Drafts and Alternate Versions of ‘Star Wars’ Movie Posters

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There’s nothing like seeing the working versions of a soon-to-be-iconic pop culture artifact — that fascination with process is at the root of our love for studio music bootlegs, handwritten writing drafts, deleted movie scenes, and the like. The promotional images for the Star Wars movies unquestionably hold a hallowed place in film and cultural history, and they’re all beautifully reproduced in Star Wars Art: Posters, the fifth and final volume in the George Lucas-curated series. But even better are the initial pencil sketches and work-in-progress drafts of those images that fill in the gaps. Lucasfilm and publisher Abrams Books were kind enough to share a few of those rough drafts with us, along with some additional bits of alternate poster lore; check them all out after the jump.
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