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A Little Bird

There are lots of sites and blogs offering curated guides and cultural highlights, but surprisingly few do it well. A Little Bird, a Web site and weekly newsletter founded in 2010 by two former Vogue staffers, Daisy Garnett and Francesca Martin, offers an opinionated guide to what’s on in theater, art, film, dance, music, TV, food, beauty, and shopping. It’s edited by Daisy Allsup, a British freelance journalist with a background in travel, interiors, and culture writing. The layout is clean and clear, and each recommendation is vetted by the team. And while cultural and culinary offerings have been somewhat sparse these days, the site also provides witty and well-written information on everything from skin creams and new cookbooks to online courses, to interior-design advice. ( —Bridget Arsenault



Here’s a plug for croakies. And I do say that with a lowercase c because, like Kleenex and Dixie Cup, their brand name is synonymous with the product. Croakies, if you don’t already know, are marvelous loops that attach to your glasses, keeping them secure and at the ready around your neck. Maybe they’re neoprene, or maybe they’re a gold chain that glimmers in the Mediterranean sun. I personally like the Suiters, a cotton drawstring variety that is subtler take on the original. But a croakie is a croakie, an instrument of utility and fashion, and for too long they have been dragged through the mud as the telltale accessory of doofus drunks. Far from being a frat flag, the right croakies can elevate your outfit with the subtle sophistication of an ascot. And you won’t lose your specs. Join me. (Starting at $7, —Alex Oliveira


The Investigation

When Swedish journalist Kim Wall went missing in 2017 after boarding a submarine to interview its eccentric designer Peter Madsen, it became an international sensation. Now an addictive six-episode series from Oscar-nominated director and writer Tobias Lindholm dramatizes the search for Wall and the truth, in HBO’s The Investigation. Created in close collaboration with the victim’s parents, Joachim and Ingrid Wall, and Jens Møller, former head of homicide for the Copenhagen police, the show is told from the perspective of the officers as they painstakingly unfurl the truth. It’s a thriller, but of the psychological sort; Lindholm takes his sweet time revealing each new detail, allowing viewers to ruminate over every scene, and reminding them that the search for the truth is rarely linear or efficient. (Premieres February 1, —Ashley Baker



John Yunis is a New York real-estate agent and interior designer with impeccable taste in the finer things and an enviable knowledge of architecture and antiques. His Instagram account is a sight for sore eyes, and certainly beats those four A.M. e-mails from Zillow. Recent posts include an ivy-covered Dutch B&B, a lush Atlanta garden, and Villa Monastero, along the shores of Lake Como. To infinity pools and beyond! (@johnyunis) —Daisy Alioto

Issue No. 81
January 30, 2021
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Issue No. 81
January 30, 2021