Thomas Bar and Restaurant, Eindhoven, Netherlands
Let’s get OVERSTIMULATED, darlings! We’re gonna need it to make it across the finish line. Lorenzo was clearly on his 4th cup of coffee when he selected today’s Lounge, which is definitely not the kind of place where one should plan on catching a short nap or having subdued conversations. Let’s get LOUD! In fact, let’s get our drank on and then engage in a little amateur primal scream therapy, yes? It feels like everyone’s walking around with a few screams stuck inside them at the moment, so down a glass of something fortifying and then bring a scream up from your toes. It’ll be good for you. But possibly not for your neighbors or housemates so maybe consider screaming into a pillow.
Today is FRIDAY. Hence all the restorative screaming.
Outside the walls of T Lo Manor, the day is rainy and gray, which is something of a comfort because it makes staying in feel like good common sense rather than a tastefully well-appointed prison sentence entering its 5th month. Not that things are too dire in our neck of the woods. It’s just that this is the new normal for us. Staying in. All the time. We have to say we’re lucky, however. If we didn’t have our self-created platforms for expression, we might be feeling a lot more lonely and cut off, but for us, every workday’s a conversation with thousands of people. We’ve got it easy.
And to make things a little easier for you today, we’ve once again compiled a Menu of Distractions for you:
Simone Biles on Overcoming Abuse, the Postponed Olympics, and Training During a Pandemic
“Growing up, I didn’t see very many Black gymnasts,” she said. “So whenever I did, I felt really inspired to go out there and want to be as good as them. I remember watching Gabby Douglas win the 2012 Olympics, and I was like, If she can do it, I can do it.”
From the start, Biles was poised to maximize the possibilities of a new scoring system in gymnastics, first adopted in 2006, when she was nine. Where gymnasts once aspired to a perfect 10, they now earn two scores—one each for difficulty and execution. The second is capped at 10, but the first is limitless. Try a harder maneuver in competition and you can get a higher maximum score. Biles has made a career of that.
She is the only Olympic gymnast who disclosed abuse by [Larry] Nassar and continued competing at the elite level. Her willingness to speak out from within the sport has made her an even bigger hero and invited yet more comparisons to iconic athletes with iron moral codes, like Muhammad Ali, though even this parallel is inexact. Sexual abuse inflicts a uniquely isolating mix of stigma and shame.
7 Illustrators Draw Their Favorite Couture Looks for Vogue
It was 88 years ago, in July 1932, that a color photo first appeared on the cover of Vogue. It featured a woman in a bathing suit holding a ball, and in its graphic simplicity it had something of an illustrative quality. This was a watershed moment for the still young medium of fashion photography, but also for fashion illustration, which for so long had been the lingua franca of the mode. To be clear: Vogue had used photographs before this time, and would continue to use illustrations after it, but the power dynamic had irrevocably shifted. Technology, it seemed, had triumphed.
Why It Matters That Joy Reid Now Has a Nightly Anchor Slot at MSNBC
With the new show, to be called The ReidOut, the 51-year-old Reid, who currently hosts AM Joy, a political weekend-morning talk show, will become the first woman of color to anchor a prime-time news show on MSNBC and the only Black woman currently anchoring a prime-time news show on any of the major networks. The last Black woman to host a prime-time network news show was Gwen Ifill, who, along with Judy Woodruff, was a co-anchor on the PBS NewsHour until her death at age 61 in 2016.
“I am a Black mom, a Black woman, a Black daughter. I am also a journalist who can conceptualize that pain from a unique point of view. Every day I’m in this job, I’m very conscious of that responsibility to make that collective voice heard. It’s unique to do that as a Black woman.”
These Are the New Dating Dealbreakers
In October 2015, five researchers set off to discover the most common dating dealbreakers. (You know—the traits, habits, or flaws that’ll make you say a non-negotiable “no thanks” to a potential mate, or “I’m done” to a current one.) They asked college students, millennials, boomers, and, well, anyone they could, ages 18 to 68.
What did they find? Across the board, people disliked those with bad hygiene. They took issue with laziness, and those who were needy. They didn’t want to do long distance, they didn’t want people were bad in bed. And if you didn’t have a sense of humor—fuggedaboutit. Standard stuff.
Fashion’s Most Fun-Loving Street Style Photographer Goes Inside the Groovy Fashion of Grateful Dead Fans
Rubinstein found himself entering an entirely new world of imaginatively dressed men and women when GQ assigned him to cover a Dead & Co concert at Madison Square Garden back in 2017. For the photographer, the experience was enthralling. “It is like a religion, and as someone who grew up very religious, I get it,” says Rubinstein who was raised Orthodox Jewish in the Chabad-Lubavitch community of Crown Heights. “These people have something to hold onto.”
The Badass 50: Healthcare Workers Who Are Saving the Day
We traveled the country (virtually) to find heroic healthcare workers in every state.
Eighteen-hour shifts. End-of-life care. Lack of proper equipment. Frontline healthcare workers have been facing seemingly insurmountable challenges during the pandemic. And yet they get the job done. We see photos of these workers with their faces obscured by PPE. But they are real people, often women, who have families and enjoy fashion and beauty as much as we do. We went state by state to celebrate them not only for what they’ve done but also for who they are.
26 Bridal Designers You’ve Probably Never Heard Of…Until Now
Bridal has its mainstays, and you’ve undoubtedly heard their names before. That voluminous textured ball gown with a corseted bodice and a bit of edge is most likely a Vera Wang creation; while a silk faille A-line gown adorned with hand-cut appliqués is most likely an Oscar de la Renta or Carolina Herrera confection. That dreamy gown with a sweeping train and open back that you saw on Instagram at a jaw-droppingly gorgeous wedding in Italy? That was likely Monique Lhuillier. An expertly-cut lace ballgown with a traditional flair and fashion-forward details? Odds are that’s Haute Couture, likely from the ateliers of Dior or Valentino.
But bridal’s recent seasons have proved especially exciting for the bride seeking something unexpected—from a designer she’s never heard of. These fresh talents have ushered in a more competitive, dynamic, and diverse bridal fashion scene for those looking to stand out from the Chantilly-clad pack.
No matter what your personal style, these new designers (who hail from the U.S. and the world over) are driving the of-the-moment bridal conversation, offering twists on the traditional staples we’ve grown accustomed to. Introducing: bridal’s new guard.
Mariah Carey is ready to tell her story, her way.
The best-selling singer and songwriter revealed on social media yesterday that she had finished working on her upcoming memoir, The Meaning of Mariah, set to release on September 29 by Andy Cohen Books. The book, which will cover Carey’s rise to stardom, her public relationships, personal struggles, and more, was written in collaboration with fashion journalist and activist Michaela Angela Davis.
“It took me a lifetime to have the courage and the clarity to write my memoir. I want to tell the story of the moments—the ups and downs, the triumphs and traumas, the debacles and the dreams, that contributed to the person I am today,” wrote Carey in an open letter to fans, teasing the book’s arrival.
The Crown Will Return for a 6th Season, After All
Creator Peter Morgan had previously confirmed that season 5 would be the show’s last.
“As we started to discuss the storylines for series five, it soon became clear that in order to do justice to the richness and complexity of the story we should go back to the original plan and do six seasons,” Morgan said, confirming the news alongside Netflix to the Hollywood Reporter.
Cindy Holland, Netflix’s VP of original content also commented: “The Crown keeps raising the bar with each new season. We can’t wait for audiences to see the upcoming fourth season, and we’re proud to support Peter’s vision and the phenomenal cast and crew for a sixth and final season.”
How Sound Editors Re-created the Past for ‘Mrs. America,’ ‘Hollywood’ and ‘The Plot Against America’
Pros reveal how they used clever tricks (including a Bernie Sanders rally) to bring authenticity to period stories.
“To get the roar of a large crowd at rallies and conventions, one member of the team recorded a Bernie Sanders rally “to get that sound of tens of thousands of people cheering,” Gershin says, adding that they also incorporated some library material of concerts and topped that with the Walla group to “make it feel like it’s all women. It’s an illusion.”
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