The Daily T LOunge for July 30, 2020

Posted on July 30, 2020

Les Heures Bar, Paris, France


Kittens, today we want a space appropriate for morning, afternoon AND evening cocktails. It’s that kind of day. We also would like to jet off to Paris on a moment’s notice, but to be honest, that’s EVERY day.

And speaking of days, today is THURSDAY. Also known as “light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel” day.

Nothing exciting to report from our end, although our new exercise mat has arrived and like all purchases in these uncertain times, we’re treating it like the most exciting development in our lives in years. Our place is all hardwood floors (and because we have three cats, very little in the way of area rugs). When we had to let go of our gym memberships and figure out a way to work out at home, we found it a bit difficult to do any sort of floor exercises and a basic yoga mat wasn’t doing much to make it easier. In short, our cores turned to pudding. But hope springs eternal thanks to capitalism and now we have a new purchase that will solve ALL of our problems! Allow us this minor delusion, please. Times are tough.

And how about you? What little hacks or purchases have you made recently to help you stay at least a little active? Sometimes a jazzy new water bottle can do wonders for your fitness ambitions. Don’t forget to hydrate, breathe deeply, and sample heavily from our menu of daily distractions:


How an Old Postcard Led Art Historians to the Spot Where a Distraught Van Gogh Made His Final Painting
The Van Gogh Museum unveiled the site in a ceremony on the anniversary of the artist’s death.
The great artist Vincent van Gogh was painting just hours before his death on July 29, 1880—and now it would appear that we know exactly where, thanks to the discovery of a historical postcard of a bicyclist on the Rue Daubigny in Auvers-sur-Oise, the town 20 miles north of Paris where Van Gogh spent his final days.
The breakthrough was made by Wouter van der Veen, the scientific director of the Institut van Gogh, a nonprofit in charge of preserving Van Gogh’s Auvers lodgings, in the Auberge Ravoux inn.


Catherine Zeta-Jones Talks 30 Years of Gowns, Galas, and All That Jazz
There are celebrities, and then there are movie stars. Catherine Zeta-Jones fits squarely into the latter category. Though she’s won nearly every acting accolade, the Welsh actor doesn’t lose herself in “the method” or self-seriousness. Her charm lies in spirited showmanship—her vampy characters sing, dance, and swashbuckle, going toe to toe with the likes of Zorro and Brad Pitt—and nonstop glamour. You won’t find sweatsuit selfies or shapeless deconstructed fashion among her red carpet hits, Zeta-Jones thrives on perpetually put-together chic that was the norm during the days of the studio system. Capable of delivering throwback vibes while wearing Versace fresh from the atelier, she understands the impact a truly memorable look can have. “You forget how clothes are an important part of moments in iconic moments in your life,” she shares from her home in Los Angeles in this exclusive new video for Vogue’s Life in Looks series. “I remember the first time I wore a couture dress, and for me, it never gets old.”


The Outrageous Life of Rebekah Harkness, Taylor Swift’s High-Society Muse
Upon her death in 1982, Rebekah Harkness was called many things in her New York Times obituary. A philanthropist. A patron of dance and medicine. An artist (a descriptor she bestowed upon herself). Now she has one more posthumous title: muse.
“Rebekah rode up on the afternoon train / It was sunny,” Taylor Swift croons in her new song “The Last Great American Dynasty.” In 3 minutes 51 seconds, Swift tells the story of Harkness’s legacy through lyrics. But why? Swift explains it briefly in a verse—Harkness once owned Holiday House, the singer’s current Watch Hill, Rhode Island, home. (Yes, the seaside mansion that was the setting for Taymerica.) However, the connection between the two women, despite being eras apart, may go beyond mere real estate.


Gucci’s History Is Just As Wild As Some of Its Designs
There are few fashion houses as instantly recognizable as Gucci. From Alessandro Michele’s fluid, maximalist designs to the scandalously sexy campaigns from Tom Ford’s tenure at the brand, there simply hasn’t been a time in recent memory where Gucci wasn’t the pinnacle of excessive glamour. But it hasn’t always been that way. Before big names such as Harry Styles and Dakota Johnson were red carpet superfans, the luxury Italian brand had a far humbler upbringing.
If you’ve ever been curious about the history of Gucci, now is your chance to catch up. We’re breaking down the brand’s story for you, ahead, along with a few lesser-known facts about the iconic fashion house.


Olivia de Havilland Introduced Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier of Monaco
In addition to her legendary acting career, the recently deceased movie star was also a skilled matchmaker.
Imagine being the mastermind behind one of the greatest fairytale love stories of all time. That was but one of actress Olivia de Havilland’s accomplishments during her long and legendary life. The Gone with the Wind star, who passed away this weekend at age 104, played a key role in the marriage of Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier of Monaco.


Michelle Obama Shares What Made Her Fall for Barack Obama in Her New Podcast
The former First Lady speaks with her husband for the first episode of The Michelle Obama Podcast.
Michelle Obama’s podcast has officially arrived, and it kicked off with a very special guest: the former First Lady’s husband, former President Barack Obama. Though The Michelle Obama Podcast promises to examine relationships of various kinds, the couple didn’t so much focus on their 27-year marriage but instead shed light on the bonds they forged with their communities, which were integral to their upbringings and careers long before stepping foot into the White House.


The Strange Lure of Other People’s Photos
When I consider all that these people lived through — world wars, the Depression, epidemics with no medicine — I’m given a far longer view.
These pictures, taken by average people with average cameras, are among the thousand or so that I’ve picked up at flea markets, junk shops, garage sales and, once in a while, on eBay. I started noticing these “found” photos (the fancy name is “vernacular photography”) maybe a decade ago. Noticing turned to looking turned to hunting. Somehow, I’ve accumulated enough photos of long-dead people that I have no connection with to stuff a dozen slate gray 11-by-17-by-3.5 archival boxes. I’m particularly drawn to quietly composed pictures that hold the sense of an unfinished story.





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