She has dressed up a crop top and leggings with a blazer, and slipped on cozy streetwear, among other moments. But her latest sighting is especially pleasing to fans of ‘90s rock bands and comfortable clothes alike. Yesterday, Turner and Jonas took a stroll in Los Angeles together, and Turner wore an oversized band tee from Oasis and a mask. She sported an oversized top the 82 Christopher Jason Witten Dallas Cowboys signature shirt it is in the first place but ’90s English rock band known for hits such as “Wonderwall” and “Don’t Look Back In Anger.” The star styled her merch with mini shorts and slide sandals. It’s a striking look for a few reasons. First, the band choice itself: was Turner’s ode to the group inspired by a recent listen of Spotify’s ’90s playlist? Does she also have “Wonderwall” stuck in her head? Her fit also the perfect balance of what maternity style should be: it’s cute and comfy, with a dash of individuality. Jonas, meanwhile, wore a Hawaiian-print shirt with black jeans and sneakers—proving he, too, is making dad-to-be style cool. Let’s also talk about their coordinated face masks. Turner’s printed mask complemented Jonas’s galaxy-printed one by Werkshop. They didn’t match exactly (are couples meant to match masks now?) It’s only practical to buy masks in bulk; so why not double up on masks and start making it a couple style moment? Only time will tell if Jonas and Turner will start doing so. But for now, they’re clearly nailing the expectant parent look. Two years ago, when Andrea Kerzner—founder of the nonprofit Lalela, and daughter of South African super-hotelier Sol Kerzner—discovered how the meat industry was fueling climate change, she decided to open a casual plant-based restaurant that focused on the ultimate comfort food: burgers. She set out to find the best chef for the job, interviewing several candidates before finding Amanda Cohen, the executive chef and owner of Dirt Candy, an award-winning vegetarian restaurant that has been in New York City since 2008. “I met with Amanda and literally there and then I could see her passion for food,” says Kerzner. “Within 24 hours, she agreed to work with me.” The two set about creating Lekka (Afrikaans slang for “delicious”), an all-vegan restaurant that opens November 19th in Tribeca. The restaurant’s signature dish is a vegan burger, served five different ways. For Cohen, creating a plant-based burger required overcoming some of her own prejudices. “We haven’t had a burger ever on the menu at Dirt Candy. And I had been against it, to be brutally honest,” says Cohen. “
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