Asea Bar, Restaurant and Lounge, Santorini, Greece
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Do you need words to go here or something? Is there a point to us writing any further? Today’s LOunge is everything you need to escape from whatever it is you feel the need to escape from today.
By the way, today is FRIDAY. But honestly, who doesn’t wake up on Friday knowing it’s Friday?
As always, Fridays are our busiest day of the week, so while we put together another costume post, another vintage post and a podcast for today, please tear yourselves briefly away from drooling over today’s LOunge and sample from our menu of daily distractions:
How Do We Feel About Men in Birkenstocks?
This week, actor Chris Pine emerged in Hollywood to grab some coffee, unleashing a wild outfit in the process: a leopard-print button-up, a white brimmed hat, black jeans, and pristine white Birkenstocks. I couldn’t look away from the sandals. There’s something about a man in a mandal that is arresting. One, it’s not a popular sight to see. As a society we have evolved, and thankfully gents are experimenting more with their style, but sandals are a territory that many dudes I know are still afraid to explore (and fair enough, at the end of the day, who wants to feast their eyes on a man’s un-pedicured toes?). Secondly, Pine was not only wearing a sandal, but also a humble Birkenstock sandal. It’s an interesting choice: classic and comfortable footwear favored by both purists and fashion fans alike. Someone has clearly done his research.
‘A League of Their Own’ Reboot Ordered to Series at Amazon
“Twenty-eight years ago, Penny Marshall told us a story about women playing professional baseball that up until then had been largely overlooked. We grew up obsessed with the film, like everyone else. Three years ago, we approached Sony with the idea of telling a new, still overlooked set of those stories. With the help of an enormously talented team of collaborators, an amazing cast, and the devoted support of Amazon to this project, we feel beyond lucky and excited to get to bring these characters to life,” Graham and Jacobson said in a joint statement Thursday. “It took grit, fire, authenticity, wild imagination and a crackling sense of humor for these players to achieve their dreams. We’re hoping to bring audiences a story with all of those qualities.”
Yes, Bridal Face Masks Are Definitely a Thing
For those who want to stay safe while saying “I do,” but also want to match their dress.
Early on in the pandemic, when sales of designer face masks skyrocketed, we couldn’t help but feel, well, icky. To us, our masks were fully about safety and survival — not the next “It” item we spotted on Instagram. However, now that months have passed, wearing a mask has truly become a way of life; something necessary that we grab before heading out the door, along with our shoes. These days, many of us own a handful of patterned and celeb-approved options, and we’ve also found ourselves thinking about all the brides out there, who plan to say “I do” in a socially-distant setting.
Have We Hit Peak Tie-Dye?
The Resort 2021 runways and a spate of new takes on the trend suggest the look will be with us long past lockdown.
Tie-dye has been trending in fashion circles for years at this point—from Kwaidan Editions’ cult-hit spiral T-shirt in 2017 to the fetishization of Grateful Dead shirts by streetwear-loving tastemakers from Jonah Hill to Quavo. Rihanna went viral late last year in a one-off tie-dye dress by the brand Asai, whose popularity remained at such a high that the designer recently put it into production, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to charities that support Black Lives Matter.
Is Coronavirus the End of U.S. Passport Privilege?
As an immigrant, I’ll never forget the day I got my US passport: It meant I could go anywhere. Now? Not so much.
I’ve been worrying about the utility of the American passport. For those for whom it is not a birthright—like me; I was born in Poland—acquiring a passport with the words “United States of America” stamped in gold letters on a navy blue cover has long been akin to snagging the Golden Fleece. For decades, and especially in the years after World War II, it allowed for privileged entre to just about anywhere in the world, nearly borderless travel. It was freedom and all the opportunities that come with it.
Windsor Castle’s East Terrace Garden Opens to the Public for the First Time in 40 Years
The lush space has been closed to non-royals for decades.
Ever wanted to wander Queen Elizabeth’s private gardens? Well, you’re now in luck. On Saturday August 8, Windsor Castle’s formal East Terrace Gardens will open to us commoners for the first time in decades.
The East Terrace Gardens are stunning part of Windsor Castle, one of the Queen’s official residences and where she’s spent the last few months during the coronavirus lockdown. Now that the Queen and Prince Philip moved to Balmoral Castle, the royal family’s Scottish summer estate, the Queen opened up her gardens to visitors during August and September weekends.
Bipolar Disorder: Why We Need to Keep Talking About it After the Headlines Fade
One writer with bipolar shares what she wishes people knew about the condition.
My story comes from a position of extreme privilege: I had all private treatment bar that first appointment as my parents had the means to help me. I’m from a demographic – white, middle-class, university educated, employed – where talking about mental health is part of everyday conversations (less so mental illness, but hey, we’re getting there).
I know my experience is just one tiny, ridiculously unrepresentative story along the spectrum, so last year I started learning.
Let This Blueberry Bundt Cake Pull You Out of Your Baking Rut
You don’t need a special occasion for this showstopping treat, finished with a jewel-toned glaze.
My loaf pan has gotten a mighty workout amid the pandemic baking frenzy. But not so much the Bundt pan, which had been languishing in a high cabinet, waiting for an occasion grand enough to warrant its ornateness. But as fancy as Bundt cakes look, making them isn’t any harder than throwing together your average loaf cake. In fact, most are just scaled-up loaf cakes: easy to bake, hard to stop eating once you do.
The charm of a Bundt cake lies in its fanciness, which, if your family has become as complacent on the homemade baked goods front as mine, might be just the thing to jolt them out of their doldrums. I tried this recently with a blueberry Bundt cake, adding the berries both to the sour cream-enriched batter, and to the glaze, which turned appealingly purple.
Tourist Posing With 200-Year-Old Sculpture Breaks Her Toes
An Austrian tourist captured by museum security footage lounging with a plaster model of Napoleon’s sister. When he arose, she had lost some toes.
The tourist, on a trip to celebrate his 50th birthday, was visiting an art museum in northern Italy last week when he posed with the statue of a reclining Pauline Bonaparte. Her husband had commissioned the seminude sculpture by the Italian artist Antonio Canova in the early 19th century.
[Photo Credit: marriott.com]