The Daily T LOunge for August 6, 2020

Posted on August 06, 2020

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Luxurious glamour, darlings! That should be your moodboard catchphrase of the day. Rid yourselves of anything that does not provide you either a feeling of luxury or glamour today. Yes, that includes your kids. They’ll be fine. Give them some juiceboxes and tell them to come back tomorrow when you’ve gotten it out of your system. They could use a little toughening up.

Today is THURSDAY. The perfect day for shirking all your responsibilities!

We’re currently having a “pod” or “bubble” discussion, as we suspect a lot of couples and families are at the moment. Our neck of the woods is cooling down on its numbers and businesses are opening up. We compiled a list of “Not happening this year” spaces and activities (indoor restaurants, mass transit, gyms, department stores, theaters), which means we’re mostly just talking about doing our own grocery shopping again and not staying cooped up so much. As for potential bubblemates, we’re likely to restrict any in-person meetings to immediate family (because we’re fortunate enough to live within driving distance of most of them), but even then, we’re wary of dipping our toes in that water. As it is, we’re still at the discussing stage. We’re lucky enough to have each other, but a family of two (or one – shoutout and virtual hugs to all our single peeps who are making their way through this) can only provide so much interaction after five months. We can tell we’re reaching the point where face-to-face contact with loved ones is becoming a hard necessity rather than a wistful hope. How about you? How big’s your bubble right now?

And if you really don’t feel like thinking about such things, may we suggest you dive into our carefully compiled distractions below?

 

This Nigerian Dance Academy Is Reimagining Ballet Style With West African Flair
Since it was uploaded to Instagram in June, the video of Nigerian ballet dancer Anthony Mmesoma Madu dancing in the rain has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times over. In a moment when our social media channels have been flooded with unsettling news, the vision of the 11-year-old pirouetting over puddles is especially uplifting. As Viola Davis put it in a caption on Twitter, it was a reminder of “the beauty of my people. We create, soar, can imagine, have unleashed passion and love… despite the brutal obstacles that have been put in front of us! Our people can fly!”

 

23 Stars Who Make Grown-Out Roots Look Great
If ever there was a time to embrace grown-out roots, it’s now. The reality remains that for those who color their hair, the frequency with which you’ll be able to make it to the hair salon, if at all, is totally unpredictable. So instead of relying on touch-ups, why not embrace your natural roots? After all, for years, stars of the runway and Hollywood alike have offered an abundance of prescient “quarantine-proof” dye job inspiration.

 

How Beyoncé’s Long-Time Hairstylist Created the Head-Turning Hair of Black Is King
Every aspect of Beyoncé’s Black Is King film is an ode to the diversity and power within the African diaspora and Black community at large. The head-turning hair is a key part of that theme, with each scene offering a distinct style crafted by Beyoncé’s longtime hairstylist, Neal Farinah. The Trinidadian stylist has worked with the star on five world tours, and he helped shape her natural look for Vogue’s September cover. With Black Is King, Farinah sought to celebrate Black beauty and heritage via floor-length braids, silky weaves, and Bantu knots. “To African women throughout history, [hair] was something spiritual. Your hairstyle represented your power,” he told Vogue over the phone from his Brooklyn apartment.

 

How to Transform Your Backyard Into a Dream Wedding Venue
As the times have shown, home can be the ultimate sanctuary. These days, it’s the place where we spend most of our time—spring turned to summer and will likely transition to the New Year before we’re fully out and about again. So for sentimental as well as practical reasons, home—and its related outdoor space—seems to be the best location for a wedding. After all, it was the pre-pandemic venue of choice for some of the most celebrated nuptials; Jackie wed Jack Kennedy at her family’s estate in Newport, Rhode Island, Beyoncé and Jay-Z tied the knot at their Tribeca penthouse, and after her 1959 wedding to Jacques Charrier, Brigitte Bardot retreated to her parent’s house in Louveciennes, France. Bardot’s marriage celebration was an incredibly casual one—she said “I Do” wearing a cotton day dress of pink gingham.

 

8 Artists To Know From This Year’s Virtual Santa Fe Indian Market
The annual Santa Fe Indian Market, one of the largest shoppable markets for Indigenous craftwork in the world, looks a little different this year. Usually, an international crowd of collectors fly in to peruse its endless booths of Indigenous-made items. Held at the historic Santa Fe Plaza, it’s a grand event where many of the participating artists make a significant portion of their income for the year. Their pieces—ranging from clothing to accessories and art—are labors of love that take weeks, and sometimes months, to create; they spend all year leading up to it. For many, it’s also a longstanding tradition to show there—something that has been done since 1922.

 

We Should Have Known About J.K. Rowling’s Views, Thanks to Her Under-the-Radar Book Series
A lot of valid criticism has already been written about J.K. Rowling and, by extension, Harry Potter, particularly in light of the author’s recent, vastly misinformed anti-transgender comments via blog post, Twitter, and elsewhere. Like so many Potter fans, I’m wrestling with my disappointment and personal relationship to the series in light of all this. Many intelligent articles explore the misinformation she uses to defend her perspective and how insensitivity around gender and race was already evident in her wizardry canon. For the original seven books (1997-2007), though, some fans have argued that they were “of their time” and subject to increasing criticism after the books were completed. But what about Rowling’s other series, the whodunit mysteries she’s actually still writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith? Unlike Harry Potter, this story takes place in the real world—one in which Rowling directly explores issues of race, gender, and sexuality. It’s really bleak.

 

Is It Possible to Live Trash-Free?
The planet is in peril, and plastics are a major problem. Now there’s an entire movement dedicated to changing our habits before it’s too late. But how much good can an individual really do?
That zero waste is gaining popularity right now is unsurprising: Aside from its perceived environmental benefits, it’s a way to become more self-reliant, live with less, and gain control over consumption and spending. It even has a hint of the trendy Marie Kondo–inspired minimalist aesthetic. Plus, you can feel like you’re doing something for the planet instead of just watching it burn.

 

How to Stare Out a Window
What I have been able to do in earnest is stare out windows. It’s wonderful.
They’re not my windows. They are the windows of WindowSwap, the creation of two Singapore-based marketing professionals Sonali Ranjit and Vaishnav Balasubramaniam. Initially, these two asked friends and family to send clips of the view from their homes. Ranjit and Balasubramaniam take hours out of their day to review them and upload them to the site. As it gained traction online in the last few weeks, more people sent in more videos from all over this fecund little sphere hurtling through space and now there’s quite a spread.

 

 

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