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McDonald’s Olympics Uniforms: “Mad Men” Chic

McDonald’s unveiled new uniforms that will be worn by the crew working its four restaurants at next month’s London Olympics and subsequently by staff at all UK restaurants. The look borrows from TV’s “Mad Men” while rejecting baseball caps as being “too American.”

Created by British designer Wayne Hemingway, co-founder of the Red or Dead label, the uniforms’ color palette that includes “gherkin green” polo shirts for women and “mustard yellow” shirts for men.

Managers get black pants and white shirts; customer care assistants wear checked shirts with dark green pants or skirt. Skinny ties for male managers are “just a little bit of ‘Mad Men,’” Hemingway told The Telegraph. “We wanted classic design. A narrow tie will always be fashionable. There is a very subtle hint to the mod look, which has never gone out of fashion. Fred Perry has never gone out of fashion,” Hemingway said. “That’s why we’ve gone for a polo shirt with a bit of a trim.”

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Eating Placenta as a Trend for Getting Energy?

To each her own.

January Jones returned to set just seven weeks after giving birth to baby boy Xander, and the “Mad Men” star came up with an unusual way to keep her energy levels high: by eating her own placenta.

The actress, 34, told People magazine that returning to work was “tough” in the beginning, especially when Xander was still “really little,” but falling back into routine has helped.

Jones explained that her doula — otherwise known as a labor coach — prescribed her a remedy to help her get through the long hours.

“I have a great doula who makes sure I'm eating well, with vitamins and teas, and with placenta capsulation,” she told the magazine, explaining that the process involves the placenta getting “dehydrated and made into vitamins.”

“It’s something I was very hesitant about, but we’re the only mammals who don’t ingest our own placentas,” she insisted. “It’s not witchcrafty or anything! I suggest it to all moms!”

Jones, who will reprise her role as cold mother Betty Draper on the AMC show, said that fans can rest assured that her own first-time parenting skills are thankfully nothing like her on-screen character’s.

“I think my fans make cracks about it, but they don’t actually think I'd bring any of Betty’s parenting into my own life,” she told People. “What’s nice is that the expectations for my parenting is very low, so I can really only exceed the expectations.”

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‘The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook’

If you're a fan of stiff drinks, snappy suits, retro advertising, and all things Jon Hamm, chances are you already know that this Sunday is the (two hour!) season premiere of Mad Men. And yes, we're very much looking forward to it.

To get ready for the return of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce (and Joan and Betty and Peggy) we're devoting this week's Cook the Book column to The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook from Judy Gelman and Peter Zheutlin. The cookbook authors have immersed themselves in Matthew Weiner's 1960s, keenly examining the series in search of the recipes shared in their book. And the recipes are spot on, from cocktails to canapés, every one introduced with a synopsis of the episode it was plucked from.

This week we're going to be sharing a menu of retro recipes perfect for any Mad Men premier party. Get ready for cocktail hour complete with Canadian Clubhouse Punch followed by Oysters Rockefeller and Shrimp Curry Butter Canapés.

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