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New and Noteworthy: December 2022

by habituallychic

12 . 20 . 22

Even though the month is more than half over, there is still a lot to look forward to this December. Here are some things to see, do, and most importantly watch if you are stuck at home due to the weather.

If you’re in New York over the holidays, make time to visit the Bard Graduate Center to see Threads of Power: Lace from the Textilmuseum St. Gallen. The exhibition traces the development of European lace from its sixteenth-century origins to the present day through January 1, 2023.

I know many of you are headed to Paris for the holidays so I hope you will schedule tickets to see the Monet – Mitchell and Joan Mitchell Retrospective exhibitions at the Fondation Louis Vuitton. It was one of my favorite things I did when I was in Paris over Thanksgiving. It runs through February 27, 2023.

When I was in Paris, I also visited the Cité de l’architecture & du patrimoine for the Art deco France – North America exhibition which runs through 6 March 2023. “The Exhibit will tell the story of the bustling mutual emulation between France and North America, which began well before the First World War with the training at the National Fine Arts School in Paris of a great many American architects, who would construct and fit out new Art Deco style buildings in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Toronto and Montreal. Then, in Paris in 1925, with the International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts which would steal the hearts of Americans looking for a new architectural trend, a whole new style, resolutely modern and where Herbert Hoover, secretary of State for commerce and soon to be President, sent a delegation comprising of 104 members!” It’s always fun to go to Paris and see something about the United States.

If you didn’t know, season two of Slow Horses debuted on Apple TV at the beginning of December. I love “this quick-witted spy drama that follows a dysfunctional team of MI5 agents—and their obnoxious boss, the notorious Jackson Lamb—as they navigate the espionage world’s smoke and mirrors to defend England from sinister forces”. It stars Gary Oldman as Jackson Lamb which is a long way from his starring role as another spy in Tailor Tinker Tailor Spy.

I missed going to a special screening of Corsage last week because I was still not feeling great and it was raining. But the film starring Vicky Krieps as and older Empress Elizabeth of Austria will finally be in theaters on December 23, 2022. There is a lot of award buzz about her performance and this film so add it to your must see list.

Emily in Paris was our virtual escape when it debuted in 2020 and we were all stuck at home. It will be even more fun to watch when season three is available to binge on December 21, 2022 after taking two trips to Pairs myself this year. Yes, the clothing is ridiculous and she still can’t speak French but it’s the fun and fluffy show that’s perfect to get us through the holidays.

The first Knives Out film was a runaway hit when it premiered in 2019. The second installment in the series starring Daniel Craig as detective Benoit Blanc is back as Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery will be available to watch on Netflix on December 23, 2022. This new iteration from writer and director Rian Johnson heads to Greece to peel back the layers of a mystery surrounding a tech billionaire and his eclectic crew of friends. Some of the new cast include Edward Norton, Kate Hudson, and Kathryn Hahn so it should be a fun ride.

I can already tell that the much anticipated film Babylon from Damien Chazelle is not going to be for those of you who are easily offended since it all about “decadence, depravity, and outrageous excess lead to the rise and fall of several ambitious dreamers in 1920s Hollywood”. Brad Pitt stars as one of the most famous silent film stars and Margot Robbie as the up and coming starlet just as films move to talkies. It will be in theaters on December 23, 2022.

If you’re stuck at the airport or with your family this week, you should watch the Variety Actors on Actors series. Two actors in films getting recent buzz interview each other. The ones with actors who are actually friends like Margot Robbie and Carey Mulligan are the most fun to watch.

Every time I see a sky with especially fluffy clouds, I think of landscape artist John Constable so it was exciting to come across the new book John Constable: A Portrait. It would make a great last minute gift for the art lover in your life.

I really should be cut off from shopping but I may need to add this cashmere sweater to my closet now that it’s on sale. But maybe it will be even more on sale later. I’ll be sure to post all the after Christmas sales on Monday.

My hair was a little unruly in Paris so when I came back, I wanted to do a hair mask but I didn’t like the one I had at home. I was about to order one from a celebrity hair stylist until I read that it smelled like gasoline. One reviewer mentioned this Amika Soulfood Nourishing Hair Mask so I took and a chance and I’m glad that I did since my hair looks smooth and shiny but not flat or weighed down. It’s a miracle worker.

Happy Holidays!