how lockdown art classes are booming online

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On 30 March, Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons posted a selfie on Instagram holding up a painting of two vases – which he made himself.

In the caption, Parsons told his followers that he created the artwork with the help of an online art class. “They’re doing live classes via zoom and, quite to my delight, I was not only able to figure out how to use zoom, but I also painted this in the process!” he wrote. “No museums are asking to display my first still life painting, but I feel just a little bit more peaceful from the process … and I got to see real life other people who were also taking the class – a real gift right now!”

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Parsons is not alone. Thousands of us have been turning to

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Pippi Longstocking’s 75th Year Is Marked With a New Jewelry Collection by Maria Nilsdotter

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<div class="caption"> Maria Nilsdotter photographed in Astrid Lindgren’s apartment. </div> <cite class="credit">Photo: Angelina Bergenwall; hair and makeup, Alexander Landmark / Courtesy Maria Nilsdotter</cite>

Maria Nilsdotter photographed in Astrid Lindgren’s apartment.

Photo: Angelina Bergenwall; hair and makeup, Alexander Landmark / Courtesy Maria Nilsdotter

Pippi Longstocking is celebrating her 75th birthday this year, but you’d never know it: That ragtag, pigtailed, freckle-faced Swede literally never ages. Nor does the appeal of the strongest girl in the world fade. “Pippi Longstocking was my girl,” Michelle Obama told the New York Times recently of the character created by Astrid Lindgren in 1945. “I loved her strength—not just her physical power, but the idea that she wouldn’t allow her voice to be diminished by anyone.”

<div class="caption"> Pippi pendant </div> <cite class="credit">Photo: Courtesy Maria Nilsdotter</cite>

Pippi pendant

Photo: Courtesy Maria Nilsdotter

At the behest of the Lindgren estate, the Swedish jeweler Maria Nilsdotter is expanding on Pippi’s legacy with a 20-piece collection in eco-silver that playfully builds on Longstocking iconography and messages.

<div class="caption"> Swedish actress Hedda Stiernstedt photographed in Astrid Lindgren’s apartment wearing pieces from Maria Nilsdotter’s Pippi jewelry collection. </div> <cite class="credit">Photo: Angelina Bergenwall; hair and makeup, Alexander Landmark / Courtesy Maria Nilsdotter</cite>

Swedish actress Hedda Stiernstedt photographed in Astrid Lindgren’s apartment wearing pieces from Maria Nilsdotter’s Pippi jewelry

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Daisy Nail Art Is Trending, and It’s So Easy to Do at Home

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Summer is just around the corner, which means so are a plethora of new nail-art trends. This week, Instagram users have clearly grown fond of bright, impactful floral looks — and daisy nail-art has quickly become the most popular look of all. That probably because it’s just as cute as it is easy to achieve on yourself.

“The flowers in this look is a nail-art staple often referred to as the five-dot flower,” explains nail artist and OPI education manager Sigourney Nuñez. She says this type of look only requires a couple of different nail polishes and a dotting tool or bobby pin. Once you have those two things, you can get as creative as you like. “While the look is simple, your color combo can really add a whimsical and playful element to the entire design,” Nuñez says.

To pull off a simple daisy nail-art design,

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Pros and Cons of having a Wedding Photographer

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Your wedding day is one of the best and special moments in your life that deserves to be documented in photographs for future reference. Reasons being they will serve to remind you of that special day, days, months or years after the event. The day you took a vow saying until death does us part, deserves a special treat, look for a wedding photographer with stealth performance and with many years in the industry. If you don’t have one in mind, or you are not lucky to have a friend recommendation of a photographer, then go online and search for a photographer with beautiful reviews and rates in DigitalRev Camera Reviews to get an expert. 

I know some finer details will be missing, things like feels and expressions but the instinct of those photographs will take you back memory lane and in no time, you will be going through those … Read More