Moon Bar and Club – Prague, Czech Republic
Grab a chair and start complaining, kittens! The theme of today’s LOunge is “What’s Pissing Me Off Right Now.” In other words, let’s all have a pity party!
Today is TUESDAY. Which explains the need for pity and the call for complaining, we think.
We have bitten the proverbial bullet and after 9 months off from any serious working out, we’ve gone ahead and purchased a weight bench setup for our place. This was not entered into lightly because we live in an open floorplan loft and there really is no good spot for setting up a dedicated workout space. Or rather, there’s no spot where it could be placed and easily camouflaged. But we’re living in very unsubtle times and we know we’re not stepping into a gym before next summer at the earliest. As people who sit at desks all day every day, we absolutely need to have some sort of physical outlet and some way to keep relatively fit. We’re leaning into the reality of the situation and putting the whole setup at the front of our place, where it’s all sunlight all day. It’ll be one of the first things anyone sees when they walk in. Then again, no one’s walking into this house for a long time so it shouldn’t be too much of an issue for us. It will be weird at Christmas when we put up our tree about ten feet away from it, but like we said, this is not the year to be coy about such things.
Anyway, how are y’all?
At 83, Dame Shirley Bassey Is As Fabulous As Ever
“He loves only gold!” sang Dame Shirley Bassey on Goldfinger, her title track for the 1964 James Bond film. More than half a century later, she’s proven that the line also applies to her, by posting an image of herself covered in gold sequins. Bassey shared a new promotional photo on Instagram, teasing the November 6th release of her new album, I Owe It All To You. Dripping in gold from head-to-toe, the 83-year-old star proved that her glamorous style is eternal and still very much in effect.
At 50, Naomi Campbell Remains at the Pinnacle of Supermodel Style
No one does fashion like Naomi Campbell. The supermodel can pull off just about anything. Designers have long counted on Campbell to bring their creations to life, her inimitable sashay adding a special touch to countless collections. Her walk is legendary, but Campbell’s influence extends beyond the runway. The British supermodel has cultivated a personal look that is instantly recognizable at each premiere, gala, or get-together she deigns to attend. Sure, pictures exist of Campbell in sneakers or tracksuits, but grand gowns are her bread and butter. The more dramatic, sexy, or daring her wardrobe choices are, the more Campbell seems at ease. Other celebrities are known for their “I woke up like this” commitment to ease, while Campbell’s charm is in her ability to make flash seem like second nature.
About Time: Fashion and Duration Welcomes Three Oscar-Winning Exhibition Narrators
What sound will accompany About Time: Fashion and Duration? Bolton and the Met’s curatorial team found an answer in Virginia Woolf’s Orlando, the author’s 1928 novel chronicling the protagonist’s evolving relationship with time and timeliness. Three segments of the novel will be narrated in the exhibition’s galleries by voices quite familiar with Woolf’s work: Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, and Julianne Moore. The Oscar-winning actresses starred in The Hours, the 2002 film based on Michael Cunningham’s 1998 novel of the same name that tells parallel tales of how three women’s lives are impacted by Woolf’s novel Mrs. Dalloway. (Kidman won the Academy Award for her portrayal of the author.)
The Spanish Princess’s Charlotte Hope on Breaking the Infertility Taboo on TV
Her character’s onscreen struggle to have a child is highly relevant—both for society and large, and for Hope herself.
At the beginning of this season of The Spanish Princess, it seems like Catherine has everything she ever wanted: a loving husband, a son, and a seat on England’s throne. But even the most lax student of European history is aware that’s not how her story ends.
“We get to play with knowing how the story is going to end, and yet, we kid you that maybe it’s going to be okay. It almost kind of feels a bit like a horror movie to me in that sense,” Charlotte Hope, the actress who plays Henry VIII’s first wife, said via Zoom.
“We meet Catherine and she’s got her handsome husband. She’s got her 6-month-old baby boy. And she’s just living her best life to be honest. But also as a viewer, there’s a sense of foreboding, even in the total jubilation. I think that is a really brilliant piece of storytelling.”
Lily James and Andrew Scott to Star in a TV Adaptation of Nancy Mitford’s The Pursuit of Love
Much like the latter seasons of Downton Abbey, this story is set in England during the period between the two World Wars.
The story centers around an upper class English family.
Lily James is no stranger to the period drama (and more specifically period dramas set in the years before WWII), and she’s once again found herself in familiar territory. For those unfamiliar with Mitford’s book, it’s a comedy, though a tragic one, set during the period between the two world wars. And as the title suggests, matters of love and relationships are key to the plot.
The True Story Behind The Trial of the Chicago 7
A new Aaron Sorkin film dramatizes one of the most unusual trials in the nation’s history.
The comparisons between America in 1968 and America in 2020 are easily drawn: mass protests, brutal clashes with police, calls for racial equity, a contentious presidential election, and a general feeling that the soul of the nation is at stake. With the past feeling less and less distant, the release of Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7 on Netflix—a movie that revisits a pivotal episode from 1968—is particularly timely.
The Best Hot Dog in Every State
The dog days are far from over.
One of the best hot dogs I tried all year was the unexpected highlight of a two-month visit to France, back when Americans were allowed in other countries. This hot dog, served at a tiny sidewalk cafe in Aix-en-Provence, was a thing of beauty: a snappy, Alsatian-style foot-long, looking like a whole snack in the sort of soft, sumptuous bun you’d expect to be offered at a French hot dog joint—custom-baked, fresh from the boulangerie.
There were all sorts of ways that I could have gone, but for my dog I chose rich, caramelized onions, a thick blanket of melty cheddar, and crispy onions on top. At Aux Petit Oignons, this is is known as “Le British.”
Americans tend to think of the hot dog, the wiener, the frankfurter, as a terribly American thing, something fast-talking men in suits ate at brightly-lit counter joints in black and white movies, something you eat from a cart on the streets of New York City, by the side of the road in New England at century-old stands, at backyard picnics, at the dinner table when the kids are hungry and nothing else will do.
Dominic West Tapped to Play Prince Charles in ‘The Crown’
He would join an ensemble for seasons 5 and 6 that already includes Elizabeth Debecki, Imelda Staunton, Lesley Manville and Jonathan Pryce.
Dominic West is in final talks to play Prince Charles in seasons 5 and 6 of Netflix’s smash hit royal drama The Crown.
The Cast Of ‘Rebecca’ On Bringing Daphne Du Maurier’s Novel Alive Through Fashion
It’s hard to overstate the role that clothes play in Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca. If you’re one of the few people who has yet to read the 1938 classic, a brief précis: while working as a lady’s companion on the Riviera, a young, girlish narrator meets and falls in love with the enigmatic, troubled Maxim de Winter – owner of the famous Manderley estate in Cornwall. After an impulsive marriage and honeymoon in Italy, the pair retire to Maxim’s ancestral home – only for the new Mrs de Winter to become obsessed by her predecessor, the beautiful, aristocratic Rebecca, who died mysteriously a year earlier.
A Centuries-Old Korean Style Gets an Update
The hanbok, a traditional form of Korean dress, is being embraced by K-pop stars and adapted by innovative designers.
“The reason why people became interested in hanboks, especially outside Korea, is this growth soft power as demonstrated by K-pop,” said Kan Ho-sup, a professor of textile art and fashion design at Hongik University. In Korea, the style can be traced back to the first century B.C., and was traditionally made out of silk dyed in vivid colors. Before the advent of Western clothing in Korea, all clothing was simply a hanbok; the word itself means “Korean clothing.” According to Minjee Kim, a dress historian in San Francisco, Western clothing completely replaced the hanbok in the early 1980s. Almost concurrently, there were designers incorporating traditional Korean elements into Western designs.
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