The Daily T LOunge for July 22, 2020

Posted on July 22, 2020

Sky Gallery Lounge Levita Cocktail Bar, Tokyo, Japan

 

We’re feeling the need for some ATMOSPHERE, darlings! Give us a comfy chair, a killer view, tons of mood lighting and a cocktail and we’ll feel like we can conquer the world. Or we’ll feel like we’re starring in a movie about a drug kingpin. Honestly, either scenario works for us right now.

Today is WEDNESDAY. Which explains the call for moodiness and power fantasies. We all have our methods of getting through the week.

In order to get us off of social media for a few hours each day and to settle the mouse-in-a-jar otherwise known as our stressed-out brains at the moment, we’ve taken to watching mindless action movie each night. Notably, they’re almost all films we’ve seen before. We’re working our way through the Tom Cruise oeuvre at the moment. There’s something a little comforting and safe about watching a tense action thriller you’ve seen before, but the details of which are totally forgotten. You get to be enticed by the plot developments without stressing out about the outcome. This isn’t how we normally watch movies (and our taste for action films normally has a limit), but there’s something really calming about watching hyper-competent people save the world over and over again. Weirdly (or maybe not), this is similar to when Tom went all-in on horror films after a death in the family. There was something comforting about believing in ghosts and spirits, even if the onscreen results were supposed to be scary to us. Sometimes, life finds you rooting for the poltergeist, you know?

And with that bizarre sentiment out of the way, who are you rooting for today, kittens? Besides yourselves, that is. What’s getting you through the weirdest summer of all time?

Today’s Open Bar of Distractions has been carefully curated using only the finest ingredients. Please sample freely with the management’s compliments:

 

See Prince George’s Adorable 7th Birthday Portraits
Kensington Palace has released two new portraits of Prince George to commemorate his seventh birthday on July 22.
Taken at the Cambridge family’s Norfolk home, Anmer Hall, one shows Prince George wearing a camo t-shirt while on a country lane. In the second, he stands against a wooden wall wearing an earth-tone polo. He flashes a toothy grin at the camera.

 

Remembering Zizi Jeanmaire, the Dancer Extraordinaire Who Inspired Yves Saint Laurent
Zizi (Renée) Jeanmaire, a supple dancer and chanteuse who bridged the gap between classical ballet and popular revues, died in Switzerland at 96 last Friday. She was also a style star celebrated for her pixie haircut and marvelous gams—even better than Dietrich’s, according to some. Off the stage, she preferred simple, short monochrome looks, adding texture and pattern to her outfits with fur collars, printed scarves, and Goyard luggage. Also deserving mention is the fact that Jeanmaire and her husband, the dancer and choreographer Roland Petit, had enviable, often complementary couple style. Together, noted The Guardian, they “represented the height of Parisian chic, elegantly dressed, often by their friend and collaborator Yves Saint Laurent.”

 

Everything You Need To Know If You’re Considering Going Braless For The Next Few Months
From musculoskeletal pain to fashion preference, we spoke to the experts to find out whether women really should be wearing bras
With many of us now in the full swing of working from our kitchen tables and sofas, there’s been much talk (and countless memes) about the new lack of requirement to put on a bra.
As we work from home, it’s an impressive feat if we manage to get changed out of our pyjamas, let alone pop on a boulder-holder in the mornings.
Apart from during the occasional video conference call and Zoom session with our friends, we’re half tempted to whip off our tops and #freethenipple entirely, especially as our backs are hurting from being hunched over our laptops, Monday to Friday.

 
These Two Sisters Reinvented the Wheelchair
“I have always had a really positive relationship with my disability and my wheelchair to be honest,” Izzy Keane tells me, saying she’s never seen her wheelchair as a medical device or anything remotely negative.
Keane was born with a condition called Spina Bifida, which translates to “split spine” in Latin, resulting in reduced feeling and movement from the waist down. “To me, my chair is a symbol of freedom and my enabler,” she says. “I’ve been a wheelchair user for my entire life and I’m really glad that my relationship with my chair has stayed the same from my childhood right into my teens and adulthood.”

 

Why Black Hollywood Wants More Representation in the Hair and Makeup Department
As Hollywood commits to featuring more Black actors on camera, another question arises: What is being done about the support staff around them — and particularly in the hair and makeup trailers?
When “The Bold Type” star Aisha Dee posted a letter on Instagram on July 15 detailing her experience as a biracial woman in Hollywood — using the moment to “demand better and more authentic representation both in-front-of and behind the camera” — she joined a chorus of voices speaking out about the lack of diversity in a specific part of the industry: the hair and makeup department.
“It took three seasons to get someone in the hair department who knew how to work with textured hair,” wrote Dee — who wears her hair in a kinky, curly style to play Kat Edison on the Freeform series.

 

RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 5 Cast Teaches You Drag Slang
The Queens of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 5’ school us in Drag slang. From “dusted” to “sickening,” Shea Couleé, Jujubee, Derrick Barry, Miz Cracker, Blair St. Clair, Alexis Mateo, Ongina, India Ferrah, and Mariah Balenciaga team up and “turn the party” in this episode of Vanity Fair’s Slang School.

 

Whatever happened to the classic teen summer job?
How seasonal gigs became a nostalgic relic of the past for many of today’s young people.
The summer job remains so embedded in American consciousness that it is treated with a kind of nostalgia. Jobs working in restaurants or behind cash registers, mowing lawns, or washing cars may not have been the stuff of dream-job glamour, but they represented a significant turning point for young people: Real life, and a sense of real responsibility.

 

 

 

 

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