The Daily T LOunge for October 19, 2020

Posted on October 19, 2020

Secret Room Bar and Club – Dubai, UAE

Let’s share a cocktail or two with a gorgeous international spy while sliding a microfiche under the table to them. Or let’s at least pretend that’s what we’re doing today because in all likelihood, none of us has anything that glamorous or fun planned.

Today is MONDAY. Which is why we’re recommending spending it in your fantasies.

We had a painting-the-kitchen mini-saga this weekend because apparently, there’s a very thin line separating “terra cotta” from a sort of sickly pink. We had to wait an entire day to see if the color would darken to the shade we had selected, because it covered what had been a bright green wall and it took several coats and a full 24 hours for the color to settle. Thankfully it did and now our kitchen is fully transformed, with a newly installed backsplash. We’re ordering new hardware for the cabinets this week. We expect to bicker about it vociferously, as is the way of gay couples. Anyway, that’s our scintillating news of the moment. How are things with you?


Adele Announces She’s Hosting ‘Saturday Night Live’ in a “Full Circle” Moment
“Bloooooody hellllll I’m so excited about this!! And also absolutely terrified! My first ever hosting gig and for SNL of all things!!!! I’ve always wanted to do it as a stand alone moment, so that I could roll up my sleeves and fully throw myself into it, but the time has never been right. But if there was ever a time for any of us to jump head first into the deep end with our eyes closed and hope for the best it’s 2020 right?”


Just How Harmful are the Chemicals in Your Clothes?
Due to lack of regulation, dangerous chemicals turn up in fast fashion, outerwear, and everything in between. Here, some ways to steer clear.

Along with air fresheners, perfumes, and newly painted offices, people who have MCS struggle to find non-toxic clothing. Andi tries to stick with castoffs from a friend who is a clotheshorse and is also sensitive to chemicals. But when her family buys her new clothes, she has resorted to hanging them outside on a line in the rain and sun for months to allow them to off-gas all the chemicals.


Queen Elizabeth Wears the Belgium Sapphire Tiara in Her New Canadian Portrait
Royal photographer Chris Jackson shared the stunning new photo on Instagram.

Queen Elizabeth has been photographed for a new Canadian portrait. In the beautiful photograph, the monarch looks regal in the “King George VI Victorian Suite,” also know as the Belgium Sapphire tiara, with its matching necklace, bracelet, and earrings.
Royal photographer Chris Jackson shared the new portrait of Her Majesty on Instagram and revealed, “It was an incredible honour to have the opportunity to photograph HM Queen Elizabeth II on behalf of the Canadian Government for her official Canadian Portrait that has been released today. I’ve been lucky enough to have visited Canada many times now with members of the Royal Family and have the fondest memories of the people I’ve met and the incredible, vast and beauty country that I’ve been privileged to get to know a small part of over the years.”

Princess Diana’s Top 10 Statement Sweaters
Yes, including the infamous black sheep crewneck.

Princess Diana wore a lot of things in her day, many of which were very good. But for all her frilled gowns, skirted suits, and outfit-matching hats, it’s in her sweater game that her true fashion genius shines through. She can find the sublime in the tacky, the elegant in the gaudy—an inspiration to us all, as we head further into fall. Below, the Princess of Wales’s top ten statement sweaters.


This Painter Uses Vintage Dior as Her Canvas
Would you paint on your vintage Dior? Estelle Tcha does. Tcha, a classically-trained painter, uses archival Dior pieces as her blank canvas. Through her label, Eee, Tcha takes vintage Dior blazers—in black, hot pink, houndstooth, and many more—and then applies her Surrealist art to the back of them. (She also does this to vintage Levi’s jackets.) Each jacket has a cut-out where the astrology-themed canvases fit in, attached with a velcro-like material, and customers can then interchange the different zodiac paintings, should they wish. She said the idea ignited out of wanting to blur the line between fashion and art (even further than it already is). “Designers always have found inspiration in art, they use it for prints or for a color palette,” Tcha says. “But all my pieces actually have a real painting with it.”


Gone to Look for America: Photographer Sinna Nasseri’s View of California and Arizona
It’s very possible that there’s never been a stranger time to road-trip across America, but that’s exactly what Sinna Nasseri is doing. Cross-country travel is nothing unusual for the New York-based photographer, who’s shot everything from the 2020 campaign trail in Nevada to the scene at the Iowa primary, but hitting the road during a global pandemic—after a summer of racial reckoning that led to protests around the country—is certainly new territory.
“I’ve been traveling pretty much this whole year, and after photographing the Democratic primaries, we got sidetracked a little bit by the coronavirus,” recalls Nasseri via phone. “This leg of my journey has been San Diego to Arizona, so far. It’s been more difficult to find people—I think people are more wary about being approached by a stranger, because of COVID-19—but surprisingly, it’s been less weird than I thought it would be. Things are still open, and random, lovely strangers have invited me to their homes. People are pushing forward, with masks and some distance; there’s a normalcy I wouldn’t have expected.”


The Bride Wore a Velvet Cape and Rode in a Carriage for Her Wedding in Argentina
The couple decided early on that they wanted to get married at La Lucila, Buenos Aires, where Justina’s family has an estancia, or cattle ranch. (They’re early descendants of Justo José de Urquiza, the first constitutional president of Argentina in 1854.) “We both wanted to celebrate our wedding in the beautiful park designed a hundred years ago by botanist Charles Thays and share my childhood memories with friends,” Justina explains. “Argentina is about endless Patagonian landscapes, savory pieces of meat cooked over flames, elegant gauchos riding their horses throughout the pampa, and of course, the unique Buenos Aires city, an amazing melting pot of immigrants’ traditions coming from all over the country and all over the world. France, where Clément is from, is about detail-oriented culinary talents, ‘art de la table’ family traditions, beginning-of-the-century quaint houses lost in the middle of the countryside, and of course, Paris, the city of romantic bridges, coffee shops, and shops promoting local craftsmanship. All of these elements were part of the inspiration for our wedding.”


Has Peak TV Already Peaked?
American television has had to compete with the deranged reality show that is the Trump era, and now we’ve got a million viewing options and a lot less worth watching.

Even without the terrible daily soap opera, American TV in general has gotten positively kakistocratic. This may sound surprising, given how many options are available to consumers, and—especially in the pandemic era—how thoroughly television has dominated our available attention. To be sure, the sheer amount of television available now means there are gems floating around. (Go watch *Pen15*\\!) But we make roughly two and a half times more television now than we did in 2009; that ought to translate to two and a half times as many great shows.


The Comforts of Clutter
Objects saved and accumulated can be a balm for uncertain times.

Because I’m a writer, I’ve been particularly drawn to objects that connect me to family stories: My grandfather’s prayer beads, made of polished cedar wood, sit in a bowl on my desk. In moments of anxiety, it soothes me to touch something that I know he touched nearly a century ago. His military discharge certificate, which lists the dates of his service in the French Army during World War I, also hangs on a wall in my office. (I drew inspiration from imagining him on horseback, trudging through unfamiliar territory, as I worked on a historical novel.) Photographs and family documents are my weakness. Whenever I travel back to Morocco, I ask for photo albums and go through archives, which I scan on my phone or copy into my notebook. I realized a while back that my attachment to these material things was an attempt to hold on to a past from which I feared drifting. A portable history, in the form of family heirlooms or cultural objects, is a balm for the itinerant life of an immigrant.


A 30-Mile Canoe Trip Through Alaska’s Tongass National Forest
The Honker Divide Canoe Route draws intrepid travelers through the world’s largest intact temperate rainforest. But the lifting of logging restrictions may indelibly alter its character.




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