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Let’s just all agree to say “Fuck it” and crank the music up today as the cocktails flow and we all slowly become collectively less responsible. We suppose we could have offered a more serene sort of Lounge for today but we figured everyone needs a jolt rather than a reverie at the moment.
We regret to inform you that today is MONDAY. Hence the “fuck it” sentiment.
For real, though. We spent the entire weekend randomly wondering if we were coming down with something because we simply couldn’t get our asses to do anything but drag on the ground behind us. In talking to friends and family, it feels like a whole bunch of folks are experiencing the same sort of malaise at the moment. All of the stress of the last five months is catching up with all of us. It’s more important than ever to take some time each day to get your head in order and get your ass motivated. Sitting around and wallowing is good in the short term, but you wouldn’t want to make it a habit, would you? So yell “FUCK IT” as loud as you can, turn the dials to eleven and have a rager in your living room to shake off all the bullshit and recharge your batteries.
Or not. As you know, we’re non-judgmental types ’round these parts (insert uwu here) and the LOunge is a space for everyone, so if you just want to curl up in a corner while everyone else is moshing, we’ll make sure you have a comfy seat and a pillow to hug. Also, there are plenty of items on the menu to distract you today, so please avail yourself of them between all the moshing and pillow-hugging:
Everything You Need to Know About the Little Black Dress
The little black dress plays such a starring role in our wardrobes that it has its own special designation: the LBD. In this video, Vogue’s Hamish Bowles takes us through its history, decade by decade, from Coco Chanel to Cushnie.
It’s Mademoiselle Chanel who is credited with popularizing the look and, in doing so, making the color black, previously worn only when in mourning or to express piety (as in ecclesiastical garb), fashionable. In 1926 Vogue dubbed a drawing of one of her snappy, drop-waisted LBDs, “The Chanel ‘Ford’—the frock that all the world will wear.”
Flower Arranging 101: How to DIY a Stunning Centerpiece or Bridal Bouquet
Just like sourdough starting and tie-dying, flower-arranging has emerged as a quarantine hobby. Florists and delivery companies have enthusiastically responded in kind: Lewis Miller, for example, offers “Flower Flash” boxes that include a link to a series of instructional videos. “You will learn how to clean and hydrate your roses and create an arrangement for your home, a centerpiece for a backyard picnic or a bedside arrangement, even a bud vase for your neighbor,” he writes on his website. Meanwhile, throughout the pandemic, Farmgirl Flowers has been uploading styling tutorials on their Youtube channel for every type of flora imaginable: peonies, roses, Gerber daisies, poppies, callas, and more.
Everything to Stream on Netflix This August
Including the film that made Heath Ledger a star.
If you’re feeling extra forlorn about the arrival of August, a month traditionally associated with the end of summer, Netflix is here to help. The streaming platform welcomes numerous new titles this month, hitting the sweet spot in every genre you can think of. Grab your favorite snack and score a cozy spot on the couch, because the August 2020 Netflix arrivals are sure to cure your case of the goodbye summer blues.
Action and adventure reign supreme this month, with the debut of Project Power, a Netflix original film starring Jamie Foxx and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Arriving on Aug. 14, the movie features the two actors teaming up to save a city derailed by the arrival of a pill that turns ordinary citizens into superheroes. For those who prefer their adrenaline with a bit more George Clooney and Brad Pitt, Ocean’s Twelve and Ocean’s Thirteen arrive on Aug. 1.
Adele Flawlessly Recreated One of Beyoncé’s ‘Black Is King‘ Looks
Adele’s love for Beyoncé has been highly-documented over the years, but in case you needed a reminder, the singer confirmed she’s a proud member of the Beyhive once again with a sweet tribute.
On Saturday, Adele took to Instagram to celebrate the release of Bey’s new visual album, Black Is King, and flawlessly recreated one of her looks from the masterpiece. Outfitted in a Marine Serre crescent-moon top and black leggings, Adele is pictured kneeling below her TV screen paused on a scene from the film of Beyoncé wearing the exact same print — albeit in a bodysuit.
Women in Hip-Hop Cannot Thrive While Misogynoir Exists
The jokes about Megan Thee Stallion’s traumatic shooting sheds light on the bigger issue of misogynoir in hip-hop—and it must be eradicated, Taylor Crumpton writes.
“It was just the worst experience of my life. And it’s not funny. It’s nothing to joke about. It was nothing for y’all to start going and making fake stories about,” said Megan Thee Stallion on Instagram Live, holding back tears as she addressed her shooting injuries. “I didn’t put my hands on nobody. I didn’t deserve to get shot.”
The men in the hip-hop community have failed Megan Thee Stallion. On social media she was mocked and memed, diminishing the gravity of the violence enacted upon her. It points to a larger problem: the sadistic nature of misogynoir in hip-hop, an industry stained by the blood of violence against Black women by its forefathers.
7 Actresses Who’ve Played Princess Diana
Kristen Stewart won’t be the first person to portray the Princess of Wales on screen or stage.
In Spencer, an upcoming film about the royal family, Kristen Stewart (Twilight, The Runaways) will play Princess Diana as the film examines three days in her life in the ’90s when she started to reevaluated her marriage to Prince Charles. It’s an interesting premise, but Stewart is hardly the first woman to portray the late Princess of Wales on stage or screen. Here, seven other women who have stepped in to those famous shoes.
Wilford Brimley, Curmudgeonly Actor Known for ‘Cocoon’ and ‘The Natural,’ Dies at 85
The former blacksmith, rodeo rider and Howard Hughes bodyguard also starred in ‘The China Syndrome,’ ‘Absence of Malice’ and ‘The Firm.’
Wilford Brimley, the actor with the walrus mustache whose down-home geniality seen in such films as Cocoon, The Natural and Absence of Malice endeared him to moviegoers, has died. He was 85.
The Salt Lake City native, who also stood out as the plant foreman who becomes a confidant of Jack Lemmon’s character in The China Syndrome (1979), died Saturday morning in a hospital in St. George, Utah, his manager, Lynda Bensky, told The Hollywood Reporter. She said Brimley had been on dialysis and had other medical issues.
How and why you should plan a secret wedding
Forget the stress of interfering relatives, one bride explains the lessons she’s learned from planning her wedding in secret.
Most brides would agree that one of the biggest stresses in planning a wedding is trying to meet the demands of the people around them, be it interfering family or meddlesome friends. The circus that comes with organising one’s nuptials is not without its pressures, particularly when there’s a lot of people involved – regardless of how much they just want to help.
With the pandemic reaping havoc on wedding plans (current government guidance stipulates that no more than 30 guests should be in attendance), many are choosing to get married in secret, including Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, as well as Cressida Bonas and Harry Wentworth-Stanley. So, how does it work in reality?
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