Who Plays Borat’s Daughter in Borat 2? Introducing Maria Bakalova

Emilee Geist

This piece contains spoilers for Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

When the trailer for Borat Subsequent Moviefilm made its debut this month, viewers had one seemingly unanswerable question about the follow-up to Sacha Baron Cohen’s transformational 2006 comedy Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan: Who plays Borat’s daughter in the film?

According to press materials, the character—Borat’s sidekick, whose presence allows Cohen to infiltrate events and interview unsuspecting marks despite his fame—is played by an actress named Irina Novak. But it didn’t take long for online sleuths to realize that this name was a red herring. There is an actress named “Irina Novak,” but she bears a scant physical resemblance to the woman playing Borat’s daughter. Before the trailer even made its premiere, a fringe site alleged instead that the character was played by an actress named Maria Bakalova

It turns out

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Patricia Altschul Is Adding Some Southern Charm to Your Home – E! Online

Emilee Geist

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When watching Bravo’s long running series Southern Charm, there one house that stands above the rest. Oh yes, we’re talking about the home of Patricia Altschul.

With help from her friendly butler Michael, the reality star consistently showcases her inviting space filled with unique items. Now, she’s sharing her love for decor with a new HSN collection launching online today. “I would best describe my home decor collection as high end, luxurious, and unique while also accessible and affordable,” she exclusively shared with E! News. 

And with the holiday season quickly approaching, there’s never been a better time to launch a fresh line. “One could do their entire holiday shopping from my

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Designer knows as ‘The Nester’ gives advice on creating a cozy space

Emilee Geist

For 12 years Myquillyn Smith, known online as “The Nester,” has inspired homeowners to rearrange their rooms to be more welcoming. Smith is a self-taught design-school dropout who took a week-long course so she could be a certified home stager and redesigner. Her newest book is “Welcome Home: A Cozy Minimalist Guide to Decorating and Hosting All Year Round.”

Smith joined Washington Post staff writer Jura Koncius last week for an online chat. Here is an edited excerpt.

Q: How do you describe the term “cozy minimalist”? Is it similar to the concept of Swedish hygge?

A: It’s quite similar, with the focus being on how it affects what we bring into and edit out of our home. I consider “cozy” and “minimalism” tools, not a specific style. You want a balance of those welcoming codifiers, such as softgoods, cushy chairs, filtered lamp light and simplicity, no matter your style.

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Asus ROG Swift PG259QN Review

Emilee Geist

It feels like 240Hz gaming monitors just came into being, but manufacturers are already cranking refresh rates higher. Asus’ ROG Swift PG259QN crams a ridiculous 360Hz refresh rate into an IPS panel for serious esports enthusiasts that refuse to make sacrifices. We ran it through some testing to see how it performed.

Asus ROG Swift PG259QN – Design and Features

At $700, the PG259QN isn’t cheap, though its design isn’t quite as high-end feeling as some of Asus’ other ROG displays. It contains the same grey-and-copper swirled base, albeit without the extra embellishments and light-up logo found on the company’s top-tier monitors. It’s distinctly a gaming monitor, though, and the backside contains an etched circuit board pattern alongside a large ROG logo that reflects customizable, Aura Sync-compatible RGB lighting off your wall. The stand contains a built-in cable management hole, and is height, swivel, and tilt adjustable, which means you

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How To Hand Out Halloween Candy During COVID So Little Ghouls & Goblins Stay Safe

Emilee Geist

Spooky season is here, but you may be wondering if it’ll be quite as fun as usual this year. While every city and county will differ on their safety guidelines for Halloween 2020, those who want to give out candy should think ahead about how to hand out candy safely during COVID. Once your city announces its trick-or-treating rules — and you assess your personal risk level — you can decide the best way to hand out candy this year.

Hershey partnered with the Harvard Global Health Institute to create a resource for parents of trick-of-treaters and those who want to give out candy. Their website includes an interactive map where you can click on your county and learn which “zone” of COVID risk you’re in based on the average number of cases emerging each day. Then, you’ll find recommended Halloween activities for your zone.

However you decide to dole

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Boston’s LGBTQ+ Musicians Are Paving The Way Toward Inclusivity : NPR

Emilee Geist

The artists of Boston’s queer scene.

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The artists of Boston’s queer scene.

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Boston’s music scene has produced its share of rock legends. For decades, the stages within its gritty clubs have given rise to big acts like Aerosmith, The Cars, Pixies and more. With time comes change: Towering, overpriced condos are pushing out the city’s beloved venues, leaving its emerging talent fewer opportunities to perform. But for artists who never fit the mold of what’s expected on those stages (read: white, straight, cis rock), this downsizing phenomenon is an all-too-familiar challenge.

“I have often heard that my music is too threatening, a.k.a. too Black or too political, so people are less likely to book me or support me publicly,” says rapper and local style icon Billy Dean Thomas. “In general, being the new artist on the block wherever you go

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Designs of the Year 2020 nominees include a Tik Tok dance and Wuhan’s coronavirus hospital

Emilee Geist

Among the 74 projects that have been shortlisted for this year’s Beazley Designs of the Year awards is a prefabricated hospital in Wuhan that was erected in only 10 days, Tik Tok’s viral Renegade dance and a steak that is grown from the eater’s own cells.



a cake on a plate: Beazley Designs of the Year 2020 nominees include the Ouroboros Steak


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Beazley Designs of the Year 2020 nominees include the Ouroboros Steak

The annual awards, organised by London’s Design Museum, highlight projects from the last year that have made a real-world impact in the spheres of digital, fashion, graphic and product design as well as transport and architecture.

This year’s selected designs are on view in a dedicated exhibition from today until 28 March 2021. They are arranged in chronological order, effectively counting down to the months leading up to the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The exhibition starts in January 2019 with Australian studio Jack and Huei proposing Bleached Coral,

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With the Coronavirus Spiking in Italy, Domestic Consumption Drops

Emilee Geist

MILAN — With the coronavirus spiking again across the country, consumer consumption is falling once again following the summer holidays.

According to research conducted by Confimprese in collaboration with EY, September sales of fashion, beauty and interior design products, as well as those of restaurants, bars and cultural institutions, dropped 11.9 percent compared to August and 34.8 percent compared to September 2019.

Restaurants and fashion stores were the commercial activities most dramatically hit by the crisis with their turnovers down 37.8 and 35.3 percent compared to 2019, respectively. In September, purchases of fashion items decreased 7 percent compared to August, a month that benefited from the summer sales.

Revealing an increased interest toward household goods, sales of homeware and interior design objects registered less dramatic declines, with a 26.5 percent drop compared to 2019.

In September, while online sales were up 22.7 percent compared to last year, the business of

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Madewell’s First-Ever Athleisure Collection Is Here

Emilee Geist

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If you’ve been looking for sustainable sweatpants, turn to Madewell’s new athleisure collection. 

If you’ve been looking for sustainable sweatpants, turn to Madewell’s new athleisure collection. 

In this unprecedented era of mask-wearing, working from home and online happy hours, athleisure and activewear have become the unofficial uniform of quarantine. Jeans are out for now, while sales for sweatpants are on the rise.

Needless to say, brands have taken notice of this new trend.

Girlfriend Collective just debuted its new R&R Collection of recycled and recyclable loungewear. Everlane dropped sustainable sports bras and bike shorts around a month ago, after launching its first pair of leggings back in January. Swimwear company Summersault recently introduced workout wear as well.

The latest brand to dip its toes into athleisure is Madewell. Madewell just launched its first-ever athleisure collection called MWL, which stands for “Make Weekends Longer.”

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Meet the winners of the Product, Architecture and Interiors categories in the ARTSTHREAD global design graduate show 2020

Emilee Geist

The results for the Product, Architecture and Interiors categories are finally in, and we’re sharing the winners on i-D. Across the board, many creatives engaged with ideas of safety, whether online or IRL, diversity, and how to improve an increasingly unsure future.

See more of their work, and meet all of the winners, below.

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Ariadna Sala Nadal, 22, Product Design BA, Elisca

Project Name: Balisa

How did you get into your creative field – tell us about your background
My name is Ariadna Sala and I live in El Poble Sec, Barcelona. Since my childhood, expressing my feelings and emotions through photography, drawing and writing has been very important. The reason is that I believe that being able to materialise these abstract concepts allows us to communicate with our environment and especially with ourselves.

It is for this reason that I decided to dedicate my time and

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