Welcome to The Lightbox, your weekly roundup of what we’re talking about at YOU by our very own Editorial Assistant, Charlotte Vossen. This week, we’re splurging on the Soho Home x Leaf Envy houseplant collection, watching Operation Varsity Blues on Netflix, and following Siblings or Dating on Instagram.
Watch: Operation Varsity Blues on Netflix
When the news of the biggest college admissions scandal in the US broke in March 2019, it was only a matter of time before the story of Rick Singer, the mastermind behind the fraudulent operation, returned to our screens. Using a combination of interviews and narrative recreations of the FBI’s wiretapped conversations between Singer and his clients, the documentary takes a look at how a string of wealthy, influential people used bribery and fraud to get their children into elite universities. Operation Varsity Blues is now available on Netflix
Drink: Garden to Glass cocktails
With a summer full of garden parties and al fresco drinks and dinners to look forward to, Bacardi released its 2021 Cocktails Trends Report in association with The Future Lab, and Garden to Glass cocktails are high on the list. For those who don’t have green fingers, homegrown herbs like thyme or mint are great botanicals to add to any gin-based cocktails. If you do have the ability to grow berries in your backyard, then adding freshly picked strawberries or raspberries to a Mojito is *the* way to impress your guests.
Splurge: Soho Home x Leaf Envy collection
Soho Home, the modern interiors brand by private members’ club Soho House, has partnered with Leaf Envy on an exclusive collection of six houseplants and handcrafted pots. We have our eyes on the elegant Fiddle Leaf Fig and the beautiful fractured blue planter, but the edit also features foliage such as the air-purifying Monstera that comes in an antique rose terracotta pot, and the ZZ plant that thanks to its thick, waxy green leaves is almost indestructible. Prices start at £34, sohohome.co.uk
Listen: Welcome to the OC, Bitches! podcast
Fans of The O.C., rejoice. Our favourite American teen drama from the early noughties is making a comeback in podcast format, hosted by co-stars Rachel Bilson and Melinda Clarke. Every episode, the actresses who portrayed Summer Roberts and Julie Cooper – arguably one of the worst moms in TV history – will revisit particular episodes, share behind-the-scenes insights, and interview guests who were once part of the Orange County crew. Welcome to the OC, Bitches! is coming to Apple Podcasts and Spotify
Follow: @siblingsordating on Instagram
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In the world of niche Instagram accounts, Siblings or Dating is a big player. The account, launched in July last year, is currently gaining lots of attraction on TikTok after users started posting videos of themselves playing the guessing game – are the two people pictured in the Instagram posts siblings or dating? Don’t let the intimate hand placements, touching cheeks, or identical facial features fool you, because if there’s one thing that you learn while following the account, it’s that in this case, your intuition is usually wrong.