The Daily T LOunge for May 15, 2020

Posted on May 15, 2020

Byblos Bar and Restaurant, Miami, USA


Let’s clear out the cobwebs and let the sunlight and fresh air be our aesthetic for today; shall we, kittens? Today’s Lounge is bright, colorful and airy – all the things you need most right now, according to us. Grab a seat and order a round of Bellinis to get your day started. Why? Because today is FRIDAY – and that’s reason enough to celebrate, yes? We made it, darlings. Give yourselves a round of applause and have a piece of cake for breakfast.

We’ve got a few things in the pipeline to keep you distracted today, but for now, feel free to nibble from the selections on our Buffet of Distractions:

The Ancient Beauty of Yemenite Wedding Ceremonies, Up Close
Approximately a week before a Yemenite wedding takes place, what’s known as a henna ceremony is performed. Just as the name suggests, the ritual involves the application of temporary natural dye to the hands of the bride in intricate patterns that symbolize fertility. The crowning glory of her look, which comes in vibrant red—also to symbolize fertility—and gold, is a majestic beaded headdress, or gargush, that is in the shape of a cone and resembles a tiered cake. The headpiece weighs more than two pounds. But that isn’t the heaviest part: That’s where the jewelry comes in. She wears a chestful of necklaces, including one under her neck called a labbah, a thick collar of silver filigree beads braided into red yarn.


Buckingham Palace’s Elusive Layout Has Never Been Made Public — But Researchers May Have Cracked It Anyway
Buckingham Palace is one of the most iconic buildings on the planet. The 775-room building has served as the official London residence of British sovereigns since 1837. In spite of its massive place in pop culture and history, no current floor plan is readily available to the public.


Nancy Pelosi Proves Personal Style Is Still Important with Her Face Mask
Nancy Pelosi is taking the global pandemic very seriously. As the Speaker of the House of Representatives and a congresswoman from San Francisco, Americans, by and large, look to her for guidance, especially in these trying times. For the past few months, she has been encouraging citizens to practice social distancing and wear masks so as to flatten the curve of the coronavirus outbreak. And she is using her wardrobe to get the point across.


The J. Crew Catalog of the ’90s Was My Generation’s Preppy Handbook
J. Crew has filed for bankruptcy but the mail-order catalog it launched nearly 40 years ago remains a touchstone for an entire generation of the preppy persuasion.
As reports swirled last weekend about J. Crew’s impending bankruptcy, I spontaneously posted to Instagram a selection of what I felt were among the most seminal J. Crew catalog moments of all time. I’m talking about that sweet spot between the late 80s and early 90s, a more innocent time when mail-order ruled, the Internet did not exist, and you could pay by check.


‘Killing People in Fiction Was Fun’: Mysteries That Have Stood the Test of Time
From Agatha Christie to Raymond Chandler to Patricia Highsmith, classic detective stories are given new life in audio form.


How to Wear a Caftan, This Summer’s Chicest Uniform
We looked to fashion icons—from Yves Saint Laurent to MaryKate and Ashley Olsen—for inspiration.
Set aside the leggings, brush your hair, and put on a caftan—it will spark joy now, tomorrow, and possibly forever. With origins that stretch back to ancient time, this most elegant of lounge wear has long been a staple for anyone committed to both style and comfort. We looked to six fashion icons for inspiration on how to wear this most versatile of garments.


53 Big-Batch Recipes for Easy Meal Prep
From beef stew and chicken cutlets to cookies and rolls, these recipes deliver plenty of leftovers for the days, weeks, and months to come.
We’ve all felt the frustration of not having enough time (or energy) to cook. So when we do get those bursts, why not channel them into big-batch recipes that can be stretched for several meals, ready to pull out of the fridge or freezer? Baked pasta dishes like lasagna and macaroni and cheese are a good place to start; dumplings, meatballs, chicken cutlets, and fish fillets are also easy to portion. Read on for all of those recipes and more, with tips for cooking and scaling to your needs, as well as freezing if applicable.


92-Year-Old Piano Teacher Won’t Let Students Miss Bach in the Pandemic
Cornelia Vertenstein, a Holocaust survivor, is still teaching lessons over FaceTime from her Denver home.



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