Dolly Parton Created A Christmas Kitchen Collection And It Has Us Feeling Festive Already

Photo credit: Williams Sonoma
Photo credit: Williams Sonoma

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Most of us do not need a ton of motivation to buy new holiday decorations and other fun seasonal items, but if Dolly Parton is involved, well, that’s an instant add-to-cart, no questions asked. On that note, prepare to crack open the piggy banks, kids, because Dolly Parton has teamed up with Williams Sonoma to create her own line of holiday kitchen items.

Dolly announced her partnership with Williams Sonoma late last week and unveiled all of the adorable items you’ll be able to enjoy this Christmas. The designs and products are all inspired by Dolly’s own Christmas traditions (and will pair perfectly with her upcoming Christmas album, Holly Dolly Christmas…). First up is Dolly’s Cookie Cutter Set featuring cookie cutters designed in honor of things Dolly loves like music notes, a log cabin, and of course, a butterfly.

You can even buy a gingerbread cabin that is designed to look like Dolly’s two-room Tennessee mountain home. If you’re looking for something a little smaller, you can pick up guitar gingerbread cookies instead, or you can even buy Dolly’s sugar cookie mix if that’s more your style. Our personal favorite items, though, are the patchwork aprons (made in adult and kids sizes) and their matching potholders and oven mitts. If your baking accessories are getting a little old and worn, these might be worth investing in so you can create some new memories.

You can shop the entire collection right now on Williams Sonoma and get started on Christmas baking before it even hits December. Why not? That’s what freezers are for!

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The Taste with Vir: Elizabeth Kerkar’s contributions to Taj Hotels created new school of Indian interior design – opinion

In the 1950S and the 1960s, the big American hotel companies looked as though they would take over the world. Such chains as Hilton (owned by the eponymous family and then by TWA), Intercontinental (owned by Pan Am) and a little later, Sheraton (owned by the multinational conglomerate ITT), opened in many of the world’s capitals.

Some of these hotels were not bad looking structures (though it later became fashionable to dismiss them as ugly skyscrapers) but it is fair to say that they had no sense of place about them. There may have been a few token nods to the city they were located in, but most days, if you suddenly woke up in a Hilton or an Intercontinental, it was hard to tell which city you were in.

That began to change a little from the 1970s onwards but it continues to be a problem for many global chains even today. They use the same service model, the same systems and often, the same architects and designers no matter where they build their hotels. So there is very little to distinguish one property from another. Nor is there much sense of art or aesthetics.

Indian hotels have always been different much to the bemusement of foreign chains. I have heard it said that when the Tatas did not know what to do with the Taj Mahal Hotel in the 1950s, they asked Hilton if the chain would run it. Hilton said it would. But the existing building was too awkward and had to be pulled down. A huge new skyscraper would be constructed in its place.

The Tatas said goodbye to Hilton and decided to run the Taj themselves. They were up against the Oberois, India’s leading hotel chain who had collaborated with Intercontinental in Delhi and were about to collaborate with Sheraton at a brand new hotel in Mumbai. It should have been a no-contest. But against the odds, largely thanks to the genius of JRD Tata and the team he entrusted the Indian Hotels company (which owned the Taj) to, the Taj brand grew from one Mumbai hotel to rival the Oberois as a national chain.

Though the Oberois worked with the great American chains, they retained an Indian sensibility. Such great Indian artists as Krishan Khanna and Satish Gujral created works of art specially for Oberoi hotels and Rai Bahadur MS Oberoi, who built the chain, was keen to imbue it with an air of Indian-ness.

At the Taj, JRD Tata and Ajit Kerkar, the man who turned the Taj into an all-India chain, worked to a similar brief. Their combined efforts helped create the Indian hotel industry: one reason why India is probably the only non-Western country where the top hotels in each city are still run by Indian companies and not by foreign chains.

At the Taj, at least, a key element of the planning of each hotel was the design. Kerkar had worked in London before he was headhunted by the Tatas

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Jessica Alba created a ‘spa-like’ bathroom

Jessica Alba has created a “spa-like environment” in her bathroom.

Jessica Alba wearing a dress

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Jessica Alba

The 39-year-old actress – who has Honor, 12, Haven, nine, and Hayes, two, with husband Cash Warren – has revealed she’s embraced “at-home treatments” as she tries to balance her beauty regime with the demands of motherhood and her career.

Jessica said: “I still try to practise self-care as much as possible, but now it’s about improvising, getting it in when and where I can, and doing more at-home treatments (which can be just as luxurious).

“I try to create a spa-like environment in my bathroom and I’ve recently started making my own body scrubs.”

Jessica also revealed that her daughters, Honor and Haven, have joined her in having beauty treatments.

The Hollywood actress actually uses products from her Honest Beauty company as part of her everyday regime.

Speaking to Vogue India magazine, she explained: “My girls, Honor and Haven, are old enough to join me in beauty treatments.

For them, it’s not about the treatment per se, but about the fun activity that they can do with mom. We love to do masks together for mother-daughter bonding time.

“Since we use Honest Beauty, I don’t worry about the ingredients because I know they’re clean and I trust the formulas for my family.”

Earlier this year, Jessica insisted self-care is “really important” amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The actress said: “I think, right now, it’s a really important time to do self-care.

“I think self-care is super important and I always start my self-care routine, which is daily – especially when I’m on Zoom calls – with my mask.”

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