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Smeg’s Dolce & Gabbana Collection Is the Stuff of Kitchen Fantasies

My fantasy kitchen is filled with Smeg appliances: a mint-green refrigerator, an accompanying mint-green dishwasher, even a mint-green espresso machine, and I don’t drink coffee. In my head, I offset the toothpaste palette with pastel accents: a cream-colored stand mixer and a pale pink blender, like the one in Brendan Fraser’s family kitchen in Blast from the Past.

I’ve long thought Smeg’s adorably retro shapes and colorways are the perfect answer to the black, white, and stainless steel options we’re afforded by Big Appliance. But folks, I can’t stop looking at Smeg’s delightfully garish Dolce & Gabbana collection, “Sicily is my love.”

As a daughter of Southern-Italian immigrants from Apulia and Sardinia (the other island), I couldn’t help but click through the entire line immediately upon its debut in 2018. The collaboration is “inspired by traditional Sicilian kitchens” and meant to mimic the look of Sicilian fruit vendor carts, blue-painted maiolica tile patterns, and traditional Sicilian artwork. D&G should have named the line “Nonna’s House.”

The artful details and historical nods are a mesmerizing but unsurprising churn-out for the artsy-fartsy brain trust that is D&G, and since the collaboration’s launch, I swing back to visit its newer additions every time I strap in for holiday shopping season. Browsing the ever-growing collection feels like a dream sequence in itself. I can’t fathom dishing out anything more than the already-hefty $250 fee for a KitchenAid stand mixer, much less Smeg & D&G’s $1,500 version. I’m fairly certain my own Italian grandmother would admire the collection’s high-fashion interpretation of old-world artistry… before gasping at its high-fashion cost.

Even if I could drop $1,500 on an espresso machine, or better yet, $10,000 on a fridge, I’m not sure I’d deck out an entire kitchen in the stuff. But some of the appliances are truly beautiful, unique pieces that would stand out nicely against a minimalist kitchen. This $5,000 chimney hood could be a luxurious focal point in my current kitchen set-up, proudly standing out in a sea of stainless steel and black cabinets. But of course for that, I’d also need a dream home with a chimney to go with my shiny, new dream hood. The work never ends, people.

Admittedly, the pandemic and isolation have done little to improve my usual doom-and-gloom design aesthetic. What’s more, work is now almost seamlessly blended with home life, and my current setup calls for Zooming in and out of meetings from my kitchen counter. Perhaps that’s why I keep coming back to this collection for what feels like a little jolt of hope for my fantasy kitchen. I may just start saving up my pennies for a luxury splash of sunshine in the form of a $650 toaster to get the ball rolling, or perhaps this sweet little juicer (also somehow $650) obviously perfect for Sicilian lemons if you can smuggle some back in your carry-on. (Remember travel?) Abbondanza!

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Chase Stokes, Madelyn Cline Make Out in Kygo’s ‘Hot Stuff’ Video

Gotta have some love tonight! Chase Stokes and Madelyn Cline star in the music video for Kygo’s new remix of Donna Summer’s 1979 hit “Hot Stuff.”

Chase Stokes and Madelyn Cline YouTube

The retro-inspired visual, which premiered on Friday, September 18, follows the Outer Banks costars and real-life couple as they return to the barrier islands off the coast of North Carolina. After climbing on the back of Stokes’ bicycle, Cline, 22, and the actor, 28, sneak into the local bar The Fat Pelican, pick up a few drinks and head out back, where they continue to flirt.

At one point, the actress strips off her beau’s white T-shirt and tosses a patterned button-down at him to change into. She then removes her cardigan, revealing a low-cut sequined top as she dances seductively for a googly-eyed Stokes. The video ends with the pair dancing together and making out.

Outer Banks Chase Stokes and Madelyn Cline Get Cozy in Kygo Hot Stuff Music Video 1
Chase Stokes and Madelyn Cline YouTube

“Hot Stuff” is the third dance classic that Kygo, 29, has reworked in recent years. He previously released remixes of Whitney Houston’s “Higher Love” and Tina Turner’s “What’s Love Got to Do With It.”

“Donna Summer is one of my favorite artists of all time. Her catalogue of music is brilliant, and her vocals are unmatched,” the DJ said in a statement on Friday. “I am honored and humbled to get to work on an iconic track like ‘Hot Stuff.’ This has always been one of those songs that instantly puts me in a good mood, and I hope that this version can continue to bring joy and happiness to people who want to celebrate the legendary Donna Summer.”

Stokes and Cline, for their part, sparked dating rumors in April after playing onscreen couple John B. and Sarah Cameron in the Netflix teen drama. Two months later, they confirmed their relationship by sharing photos from a beach date. “Cats outta the bag,” the Maryland native wrote via Instagram at the time.

Days later, the duo went live on the social media app to talk to fans about their decision to go public.

“I was like, ‘I think I’m gonna post it.’ [My mom] was like, ‘Really? You understand what happens when you do that?’ And I’m like, ‘Yeah. I do, Mom. Sure do,’” Stokes said. “Then I texted Maddie and I said, ‘What do you think?’ And she said, ‘I don’t care.’”

Cline then chimed in: “I thought he meant posting it at some point in the future. He didn’t clarify what time. … And there it was. Modern romance.”

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Here’s the coolest stuff to watch on Labor Day 2020

Barbecues and far-flung vacations might be iffy this Labor Day — but, luckily, TV can still take you on a journey from the comfort of your couch.

From old favorites to new releases and specials, here’s what to watch on the small screen on The Big Day.

The latest in Disney’s live-action adaptations of its classic cartoon films, this version of “Mulan” hews closer to the original Chinese folklore and cuts the animated version’s music numbers such as “I’ll Make a Man Out of You.” The result is a gritty war epic following a young girl (Yifei Liu) who disguises herself as a man to fight for her country so that her ill father doesn’t have to. It has a premium fee of $29.99 if you want to watch it now, or you can wait until December and watch it at no extra cost to your regular Disney+ subscription.

“I’m Thinking of Ending Things” (Netflix)

Written, directed, and produced by auteur Charlie Kaufman (“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”) and based on a novel of the same name, this new psychological horror film follows an unnamed woman (Jessie Buckley) who considers breaking up with her boyfriend Jake (Jesse Plemons) amidst the backdrop of increasingly surreal events.

Jessie Buckley stars in Netflix's "I'm Thinking of Ending Things."
Jessie Buckley stars in Netflix’s “I’m Thinking of Ending Things.”Mary Cybulski/NETFLIX

“Madagascar: A Little Wild: Part 1” (Hulu)

The latest entry in the animated “Madagascar” franchise follows animal pals Alex the lion, Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe and Gloria the hippo when they were kids in the Central Park Zoo

“Employee of the Month” (Amazon)

If you’re looking for your entertainment to be Labor Day-themed, this 2006 comedy follows Zack Bradley (Dane Cook), who’s on a quest to become the employee of the month at the retail store in which he works.

Dane Cook wants accolades in "Employee of the Month."
Dane Cook wants accolades in “Employee of the Month.”Lions Gate/Everett Collection

“Biography: The Nine Lives of Ozzy Osbourne” (A&E, 9 p.m.)

All aboard the “crazy train.” This 2-hour special looks at the life and antics of rock icon Ozzy Osbourne, 71, covering his childhood in poverty, his time in “Black Sabbath,” his solo career and his entry into fatherhood.

Ozzy Osbourne in 1989
Ozzy Osbourne in 1989Everett Collection

“Devil’s Road: The True Story of Ed and Lorraine Warren” (Travel Channel, 9 p.m.)

This 2-hour special follows the couple who inspired the “Conjuring” horror films. For over 50 years (mostly in the 1970s and ’80s), the duo were paranormal investigators examining hauntings such as the real “Amityville Horror” house. Their daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Tony Spera, appear in this special.

“The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons Ever!”(ABC, 8 p.m.)

The season finale of “The Bachelor” recap series looks at Juan Pablo Galavis’ stint in Season 18, which aired in 2013, to gear up for “The Bachelorette,” premiering Oct 13. Starring Clare Crawley, who was in Galavis’ season.

Clare Crawley and Juan Pablo Galavis in "The Bachelor."
Clare Crawley and Juan Pablo Galavis in “The Bachelor.”ABC

“Pool Boy Nightmare” (Lifetime, 8 p.m.)

If you’re in the mood for a tawdry, cheesy movie, this one’s out just in time to ring in the end of summer. The suspense thriller follows Gale (Jessica Morris), a divorced woman who gets involved with her pool boy Adam (Tanner Zagarino) — only to have events spiral out of control as Gale tries to end it and Adam becomes obsessed. Of course he does.

“Back to the Future” (Netflix)

All three “Back to the Future” movies are currently on Netflix, so why not make it a marathon? Follow Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) on his travels through time thanks to his eccentric friend Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd).

Christopher Lloyd and Michael J. Fox in a scene from "Back to the Future."
Christopher Lloyd and Michael J. Fox in a scene from “Back to the Future.”Universal/Everett Collection

“Miss Congeniality” (HBO Max)

This Sandra Bullock classic fits a Labor Day theme — if you squint. It follows FBI Special Agent Gracie Hart (Bullock) on an undercover mission at a beauty contest, as she goes above and beyond in the course of doing her job.

Sandra Bullock gets glam in the 2000 film "Miss Congeniality."
Sandra Bullock gets glam in the 2000 film “Miss Congeniality.”Warner Brothers/Everett Collection

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