The Daily T LOunge for July 23, 2020

Posted on July 23, 2020

L’Officine du Louvre, Paris, France

Every once in a while, one of us will go all dreamy-eyed and say to the other, “Remember Paris?” And then the other one gets all dreamy-eyed, looks off into the distance and just says “Paris…” What can we say? That city has had a lifelong effect on us. Not that we would suggest you spend a Paris trip sitting in a hotel bar, even if it is as fabulous as this one. But we’re not in Paris and we’re all about fantasy escapes, so grab a seat and order a Dubonnet, twist optional.

Today is THURSDAY. Attagirl.

We let the day slip by before remembering to note the occasion on twitter last night, but yesterday marked 14 years since we published our very first post on Project RunGay. It’s been a journey-and-a-half. Thank you for every second of it. Celebrate it by buying our book. (We’re shameless, what can we say?)

In other non-news, we have a lovely selection of items to keep you from reading anything of too much importance today. We urge you to sample periodically throughout the day.


An Exclusive Look Inside Kevyn Aucoin’s Never-Before-Seen Journals
Kevyn Aucoin was a makeup artist decades ahead of his time. Long before the age of Instagram, the late legend furiously—and intimately—documented his life and career, recording it all with a Polaroid camera or VHS camcorder glued to one of his famously large hands, as well as in his precious collection of scrapbook-style journals, which haven’t been seen publicly until now.
Today, the Makeup Museum unveils a vast, never-before-seen digital archive of the journals that Aucoin, widely considered the world’s first celebrity makeup artist, kept between 1983 to 1994.


At 78, Martha Stewart Proves the Frosted Lip Is Forever
I’ll have what Martha Stewart is having, because the 78-year-old is looking absolutely radiant. In a recent smoldering Instagram selfie, Stewart seems to be having a “Martha-rita”—a remixed margarita with pomegranate whose a recipe the cooking mogul posted alongside her epic portrait-mode moment. Stewart sips her drink while lounging in a mammoth pool, the color of a crystal clear ocean in a Carnival Cruise ad, and wearing a royal blue bathing suit. She’s looking at the camera, all pouted lips and killer cheekbones, with an added stellar beauty moment worth noting: frosted light purple eyeshadow and matching light pink frosted lipstick. Diamond studs in the ears, too!


Is Hollywood Too Soft on Conservative Women?
Phyllis Schlafly in Mrs. America, Megyn Kelly in Bombshell, even Margaret Thatcher back in the days of The Iron Lady. Time for a reality check on the damage they did.
The people who drive pop culture seem mystified by Republican women. Perhaps it’s simply that, by design, they seem to recede in plain sight—the Barbara Bushes and Nancy Reagans of the world, with their out-of-date hairstyles, monochromatic twinsets, and strings of demure pearls. Our biopics and investigative reports rarely delve into their psyche. So thoroughly do these women fulfill our ideas of a type that the mind glosses over them and moves on to the man they are invariably standing next to.\n\nFor all that Hollywood and the mainstream media are supposed to be a hotbed of liberal propaganda, we pull our punches when it comes to the tales of handmaidens of conservative politics.


Do You Really Want That Wedding Cake a Year Later?
Experts weigh in on how to freeze your cake and have some other suggestions for commemorative treats to savor on your one-year anniversary.
For some newlyweds, celebrating their first anniversary means eating a helping of their preserved wedding cake together. The cake-freezing ritual stems from a 19th-century convention in which partners saved the top tier for their first child’s christening (with some believing it to be an omen of good luck). Nearly 46 percent of brides and grooms who married in 2019 saved or planned to save the top tier of their wedding cake for their one-year anniversary, according to a 2019 study based on data from the 2020 WeddingWire Newlywed Report, where more than 25,000 couples in the United States who were married in 2019 were interviewed.


‘Rodham’: Sarah Treem Adapting Hillary Clinton Fictional Novel as Hulu Series
Curtis Sittenfeld’s best-seller explores a world in which the former secretary of state never married Bill Clinton.
The streamer is teaming with The Affair co-creator Sarah Treem to adapt Curtis Sittenfeld’s best-selling novel Rodham as a scripted drama series. The potential series is currently in the development stage at Disney-backed Hulu, meaning it would still need a formal series order before it is to move beyond the script stage.


Representation is deeper than putting Black icons on magazine covers
Critics say recent Vanity Fair and Vogue covers missed the mark, drawing attention to the shortcomings of media representation.
Both covers arrived as Black Lives Matter protests are forcing institutions to confront how whiteness excludes Blackness in everything from CEOs in fashion and tech to boardrooms and writers’ rooms in the media industry. But the pushback aimed at the Davis and Biles images shows that representation for representation’s sake is insufficient; institutions and artists must take greater care to examine the layered narratives that exist beneath their decisions, especially when they relate to hyper-marginalized groups like Black women.


More Than A TikTok Craze, ‘Plant Parenting’ Is The Anxiety-Reducing, Rewarding Way To Raise Houseplants
Everything you need to know about the plant-parenting phenomenon, plus how to keep your offspring thriving this summer.
It’s officially summer and, with lockdown measures now easing, many of us are spending as much time as possible in nature. Rewind a few months, back to when getting our greenery fix in the outside world wasn’t an option and we were busy (or should that be ‘not busy?’) finding peace with houseplants.



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