You may have seen this photogenic lagoon on Instagram. It is precisely what it sounds like: blue, and a specific milky blue that is rare enough in nature to look implausible, as though God himself had put a VSCO filter on it. Seven years ago, I was trapped at the office on a weekend with some co-workers when we discovered a website selling discounted plane tickets to Iceland. Our tickets got us there in May, but Iceland was the most wintery place I’d ever been. Not only in temperature — although that, obviously — but in all things. Icelanders were comfortable with negative space. They seemed to drink alcohol in great quantities but without aggression. At a gift shop, I bought a candle that described itself as “scented with rhubarb and longing.” Bathers at the Blue Lagoon stood beneath an artificial waterfall that was calibrated to feel “like being beaten by trolls,” as I recall a sign explaining. … [Read more...] about Is It Possible to Enjoy This Winter?
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Royal wedding rings are all the same It is an age-old tradition that royal brides (and grooms if they choose to have a ring) will have their wedding rings made from Welsh gold – and the gold will be personally gifted from The Queen. For nearly 200 years, the royal family have opted for this as the rarest and most expensive type of gold in the world. Unconventionally, Princess Beatrice opted for a silver design. … [Read more...] about The Queen’s 9 fascinating rules for royal brides
The oldest McCallister cousin, Heather just absolutely shines in her limited screen time. She’s in an unenviable no-man’s-land as the only college-age McCallister, caught between her immature cousins and her uninteresting aunts and uncles. But she really delivers, acting as Kate’s right hand during the chaotic early-morning scramble to get ready for the flight. Heather performs a head count of her cousins with an organizational implacability that probably serves her well as a Northwestern undergrad. And while, yes, her head count is ultimately faulty — thanks to the presence of boundary-stepping neighborhood nuisance Mitch Murphy — she more than makes up for it when she sneers down Buzz as he tries to mess up her count and tells him to quit being a moron. We all have our own unique emotional attachments to family archetypes, but if Older Girl Cousin is as revered in your own personal pantheon of family relationships as it is in mine, Heather is the apex. … [Read more...] about Here’s the Only