Vanessa Bryant Gifts Highly Coveted Nike Kobe GRINCH Sneakers to Friends

Vanessa Bryant is showing her friends some love this holiday season, while also honoring her late husband, Kobe Bryant.

On Monday, several of Vanessa’s famous pals revealed that she had gifted them the highly coveted Nike Kobe 6 Protro “Grinch” sneakers, which don’t release to the public until Christmas Eve.

According to Sneaker News and StockX, the neon green kicks retail for about $130 to $180, but resale sites have inflated the shoes to as much as $1,700 or more.

Among those gifted with the sneaker was Kim Kardashian West, who shared a video of her unboxing the surprise on her Instagram Story, captioning the video with some fire emojis.

Vanessa also made sure to send a pair to the matriarch of the Kardashian-Jenner family, Kris Jenner. 

“OMG Thank you [Vanessa] I’m screaming!!!” Jenner wrote on her Instagram Story. “Love my Kobe’s!!!”

Radio personality Patty Rodriguez also received a pair of the Nike Kobe 6 Protro “Grinch” sneakers in the mail, captioning a photo of them on her Instagram Story, “Mamba Forever.”

The original Nike Kobe 6 “Grinch” sneaker first debuted on Dec. 25, 2010, and the upcoming reissue keeps true to the first installment of the shoe with only minor modifications, Sneaker News reported.

Those changes include “Zoom Air unit positioning, outsole patterns and other performance-related details,” according to the outlet.

Kobe was first seen wearing the sneakers in 2010 as the Los Angeles Lakers faced off against LeBron James and the Miami Heat.

The late NBA legend — who died earlier this year in a devastating helicopter crash alongside his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others — wore the green shoes with red laces in honor of the holiday season.


Denny’s Is Offering Free Pancakes on Christmas Eve If You Place an Online Order

Denny’s wants to give its customers a free short stack of pancakes this Christmas Eve. All you have to do is place an online order, and you’ll be digging into free pancakes—for breakfast or dessert—in no time.

On December 24 only, you can get a free two-stack of buttermilk pancakes when you place an online order for delivery through the chain’s website or mobile app using the code SANTA. You have to place an order for a minimum of $5, but that shouldn’t be too hard, right? Order two sides (choose from crispy bacon, hot hash browns, scrambled eggs, and so on) or a drink (fancy a hot chocolate or smoothie?) and one side, and you’ll be set with a lovely meal that has free pancakes at the center of it. That sounds like a nice early Christmas present, IMO.

If you’re feeling generous, you could leave this stack out for Santa instead of (or along with) cookies this year. Or if you’re not into cookies yourself, you can ditch them for pancakes. Remember: Anything goes this year! It’s still 2020, after all. If you want Christmas pancakes, have Christmas pancakes. You could even frost and add sprinkles to them instead of decorating cookies. It’s up to you! And FYI, you don’t have to celebrate Christmas to get in on this deal. Just saying! You know the code. You have a hungry stomach. That’s all you need!


Selena Gomez, Lizzo Among Winners At PETA’s 15th Annual Libby Awards

Selena Gomez, Lizzo Among Winners At PETA’s 15th Annual Libby Awards

PETA’s 15th Annual Libby Awards has included in its list of awardees such distinguished musicians as Selena Gomez and “Juice” singer Lizzo. Also nominated were Billie Eilish and Kesha.

The Libby Awards aims to honor the celebrities who took a stand against animal cruelty and demonstrated their efforts towards animal conservation.

Gomez has been honored with the “Favorite Beauty Line” award for “Rare Beauty,” the cruelty-free makeup line that she launched.

Meanwhile, Lizzo’s “good as hell” TikTok series received the “Favorite Vegan Cooking Videos” award for educating her viewers about the vegan lifestyle by sharing vegan recipes, inclusive of even an entirely vegan Thanksgiving spread!

“These compassionate celebrities didn’t let the pandemic stop them from walking the walk when it comes to kindness to animals,” shared PETA Senior Director of Youth Programs, Marta Holmberg.

She added, “PETA is honoring the superstars who are leading by example and proving that helping animals can be as simple as whipping up jackfruit enchiladas or buying a vegan lipstick.”

Other awardees include “Emily In Paris” star, Lily Collins, “Riverdale” actor Madelaine Petsch, and Grayson Dolan, among others.

Ariana Grande Shares Look At Concert Film

Pop superstar Ariana Grande has shared a preview of her Netflix concert film Excuse Me, I Love You.

Excuse Me, I Love You is a documentary about Grande’s Sweetener world tour. It dropped on the streaming service on December 21.

In the clip, Grande is seen performing “Everytime,” from her 2018 album Sweetener at London’s O2 Arena. “London, how y’all feeling?” she asks the crowd. “This show is always good.”

“It’s one of my favorite moments in the show I hope u love it,” she tweeted.

The Sweetener world tour was Grande’s biggest tour. The tour was in support of her fourth and fifth studio albums Sweetener (2018) and Thank U, Next (2019), which both debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

Excuse Me, I Love you is directed by Paul Dugdale and executive produced by Grande and SB Projects’ Scooter Braun, Allison Kaye, Scott Manson and Jessie Ignjatovic and Evan Prager.

(Photo: Dave Meyers)

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QUEER EYE Star Karamo Brown Wants to Empower Bald People

“Queer Eye” star Karamo Brown gets dozens of Instagram DMs from men and women who are balding — and wants them to own it.

“We live in a society that tells you if you don’t look a certain way that you’re not worthy of love, you’re not worthy of so many different things. And we all fall victim to those pressures, all of us, every single one of us,” the 40-year-old culture expert told Page Six Style while promoting his upcoming Holiday Spectacular event.

He added that one of the things he loves about his Netflix series is that the Fab Five won’t try to change anyone unless they want to change.

Using the show’s grooming expert Jonathan Van Ness as an example, Brown said, “If they love their beard, he doesn’t say, ‘Chop off your beard.’ He allows them to own what they want.”

“We try to help people to own their bodies as best as we can. None of us are perfect,” the star continued. “So many people feel insecure … and it’s just like, you can go on that journey, you can start that journey to loving yourself authentically.”

Earlier this year, Brown co-founded MANTL, a skincare and grooming line for bald and balding men, but has found that women have also been using the products.

“It’s really a facial cleanser, moisturizer and a clear SPF, which is probably the most amazing thing ever,” he said. “People have been like, ‘Oh, this is not just for men, this is for everyone,’ and it’s sort of taken off.’”

Karamo’s Holiday Spectacular, presented by Zelle, will be on Instagram Live on Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. ET. The “Queer Eye” star will be giving away $25,000 to three people who paid it forward during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Everything that I’m trying to do is just trying to give back and help as much as I can with my platform,” he told us. “Even in our hardest moments, we all have a little bit of a capacity to give to someone else.”


ICYMI: SISTER ACT 3 Is in Production With Whoopi Goldberg

Disney has announced that a third installment of “Sister Act” is in development, with Whoopi Goldberg reprising her starring role nearly three decades after the original film was hailed by audiences worldwide.

“Sister Act 3” will premiere on Disney Plus, the corporation’s streaming service, it was confirmed on Thursday.

Goldberg will return as Deloris Van Cartier, a singer forced to enter the witness protection program and be relocated as a nun in a convent.

The 1992 original was a box office hit and won the plaudits of fans. Its sequel, released the following year, received a lukewarm critical reaction and drew in smaller audiences, but both films have retained a cult following since their release.

The Riskiest Way to Travel for the Holidays Will Surprise You, Experts Say

As the major winter holidays are approaching, so is a new height of the coronavirus pandemic, with a surge in cases created by Thanksgiving travel expected to only worsen in the coming days. Still, many are planning to take their chances, break local restrictions, and hit the road to be with friends and family for what’s typically the most wonderful time of the year. But experts warn that while each form of travel presents its own set of challenges over the holidays this year, one in particular is considered to be the riskiest: a long-haul bus ride. Read on to find out why it’s such a dangerous way to hit the road right now.

According to a survey of epidemiologists and other health experts from Vox, anyone who is planning to go against the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) travel advisories is at a higher risk of catching or unknowingly spreading COVID-19. But lengthy bus trip presents a unique problem in that it usually takes longer than other forms of travel, makes it difficult or impossible to socially distance, and is a more difficult environment in which to ensure passengers are following mask mandates than they are on other forms of transportation.

“It might be harder on a longer ride to keep your mask on, and it’s probably not as enforced as it is on an airplane,” Amesh Adalja, MD, a physician and faculty member of the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health’s department of environmental health and engineering, told Vox.

While there’s not much research that has been done specifically on bus travel, one major study published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine in September focused on a group in China that traveled in two buses to a Buddhist worship event held outdoors during the beginning of the pandemic before face mask use was mandated. The findings showed that one patient infected with COVID was able to pass the virus along to as many as 24 other passengers on one of the poorly ventilated vehicles, despite how far apart they were seated, while no coronavirus cases were found on the other bus.

However, unlike the scenario in the study, scientists point out that the largest national bus company, Greyhound, has instituted a strict mask policy. They’re also using filtration systems onboard their coaches that don’t directly recirculate air within the cabin.

That being said, no risk is better than lower risk. “Given the rise in cases throughout many parts of the U.S., the best advice is to avoid travel at this time,” Krysia Lindan, MD, an epidemiologist at the University of California San Francisco, told Vox.

1. Car trip

Even though they require more planning ahead of time to plot out where to stop to refuel, eat, or sleep, cars technically represent a safer way to get from point A to point B, thanks to how isolated you are from other travelers—so long as you only ride along with people from your household. “If you’re taking a road trip with a bunch of your friends, you’re more likely to be unmasked, and you’re less likely to distance,” Adalja told Vox.

2. Airplanes

There’s been conflicting data on just how risky flying is amid the coronavirus pandemic, especially since many studies conducted on the subject were undertaken before mask use became mandatory on most airlines. Still, while passengers have been removed for violating basic mask mandates, longer flights make it more likely that their mask will drop, and others warn that the actual process of getting to your seat on board presents a slew of dangers. This includes passing through security, standing in long lines with people who have come from different areas, and being forced to use a lot of high touch surfaces.

This is especially true for high-risk flyers: 79-year-old Anthony Fauci, MD, told The New York Times recently that elderly people such as himself should avoid “flying in an airplane.” But it’s slightly different for young people: “If you’re a 25-year-old who has no underlying conditions, that’s much different,” he explained.

3. Trains

Trains fall somewhere between flights and buses in terms of risk, according to Vox. While Amtrak has issued a mask mandate and is using a filtration system that changes the air within traveler cars 12 to 15 times every hour, trains also tend to have longer travel times and involve passing through crowds in busy transit hubs at both ends of the trip.

4. Public transportation

Similar to a crowded coach bus, city buses and subways can present issues for certain people—and can make even local travel relatively risky. This is especially true if mask mandates haven’t been enacted locally or aren’t being diligently enforced.

“It depends on your individual circumstances. If you are someone who is in the highest risk category, as best as possible, don’t travel anywhere,” Fauci told The Times when asked his thoughts on taking public transportation. “If you go someplace, you have a car, you’re in your car by yourself, not getting on a crowded subway, not getting on a crowded bus.”


How to Make the Best Cookies for the Holidays

To ensure your holiday cookies come out perfectly, follow these tips:

Room temperature ingredients

This perennial plea is probably the most important. When creaming butter and sugar to make cookie dough, you’re doing more than simply getting the two ingredients to a similar, smooth consistency. You’re also creating an emulsion so that all the ingredients stay together when baked, giving you a homogenous dough for your cookie. If you use cold butter, it takes longer and will be more difficult to combine with the sugar. Likewise, if you use cold eggs, it can seize the butter when you add them, causing the mixture to appear split and lose its emulsion.

If you plan ahead, the easiest way to get room temperature butter and eggs is simply to leave them out overnight on your counter the day before you plan to bake (I promise, it’s safe). But if you didn’t plan ahead, here are the methods I use to quickly get “room temperature” butter and eggs.

For butter, place the stick, still closed in its wrapper, in the microwave and heat in 5-second bursts until it’s just soft to the touch; this usually takes no more than two or three bursts for one stick.

For eggs, place the eggs, still in their shells, in a bowl and cover them with hot tap water. Let sit for 1 minute, then pour off the water and cover the eggs again with fresh hot water. Let sit for at least 5 minutes — or while you prep the rest of your ingredients — until they lose their chill and are room temperature throughout.

Use cookie scoops

While it may seem that scooping dough from your dinner spoon is easy, it comes with a host of issues, from uneven cookie sizes to messy fingers. Do like the pros and buy a set of cookie scoops (my favorite are from OXO). They keep your hands clean, but most important, ensure even, consistent sizing of dough balls so all your cookies bake at the same speed and give you the proper yield.

And while you’re using them, make sure to level the scoop — and all measuring spoons — off flat. For measuring spoons, this ensures you don’t use too much of an ingredient, causing your cookies to malfunction from too much baking powder or soda. Likewise for cookie scoops, you get the proper yield of dough for your cookies — the difference between leveling off scoops and not can add up to 5 to 8 lost cookies in the final yield.

Use bread flour where indicated

It may seem counterintuitive to use bread flour for cookies, but some cookies — like the Giant Ginger Molasses Cookies and Alfajor de Nuez — need that extra protein and gluten to keep the cookie from falling apart or bending. You can use all-purpose flour, if you must, but know that the results will be less crisp and/or snappy without bread flour.

Chill your dough

You may notice that a lot of cookie recipes call to let the dough rest overnight in the refrigerator. This does a couple things: One, it allows the flour to fully hydrate in the dough, resulting in better textures, especially in cookies where a chewy texture is desired. And two, the temperature of the dough is just as important as that of the oven. If you bake a chilled ball of dough, it will spread more slowly and bake up with a crisp edge and soft middle, qualities desired in certain cookies. Whereas, if you bake room temperature dough, the cookies may spread too fast and overcook.

Similarly, the order of chilling and scooping the dough matters too. Some doughs you will want to scoop, then chill because they would be too firm to scoop in their chilled state. On the other hand, some doughs need to be chilled first because they’re too soft to handle at room temperature. Pay attention to the order so you’re not faced with either a cement block of dough that even the best scoop can’t break through or a mess that sticks to your hands and collapses into a blob on the sheet.

Take care with placement of cookies on baking sheets: Some cookies spread more than others. So while it may seem like you can fit 15 dough balls on a baking sheet, once they bake, you’ll be met with a single cookie the size of your baking sheet. Pay attention to the number of dough balls per sheet in the recipes, whether it’s three or 15, and make sure to give them equal space between so they bake evenly and don’t end up touching.

Consider salt differences

Some recipes call for kosher salt, while others call for fine sea salt or table salt. It may seem like salt is salt, but each weighs differently, and its volume measure can’t be swapped one-to-one. Since we at the L.A. Times test kitchen use Diamond Crystal kosher salt as our default (like the majority of the cookie contributors), we give that measurement for the cookies. We give it as an alternative in the few recipes that call for a different salt.

How you measure matters

Some ingredients, like the espresso powder in the Browned Butter Espresso Cookies, calls for a rather odd “4 tablespoons” measurement. If you’re an experienced cook or baker, you know that’s equal to 1/4 cup, so, why not use that instead? Please don’t. Powdered ingredients like espresso powder, dry milk powder and cornstarch measure differently between these two methods, so always stick with the measurement stated in the recipe to ensure you get an accurate yield.


Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Are Still Together but Living ‘Separate Lives,’ Source Says

After weathering a tumultuous summer, Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West are still together — though a source says they “very much live separate lives” currently.

“Kim has work and projects that are important to her, and Kanye has his,” the source tells PEOPLE. “Their lives don’t overlap much.” (A rep for Kardashian West, 40, had no comment when reached by PEOPLE, and a rep for West, 43, did not respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.)

Still, the source says “Kim seems happy” and is “very focused on work and causes.”

“She strongly believes she can make a change when it comes to prison reform,” the source says of the star, who is studying to become a lawyer and this week publicly pushed for President Donald Trump to commute the sentence of Brandon Bernard. Bernard, who was convicted of murder as a teenager in 2000, was executed by the federal government on Thursday.

“This is her passion,” the source says of Kardashian West’s justice reform advocacy. “Her family is very proud of her.”