The Daily T LOunge for October 21, 2020

Posted on October 21, 2020

Chez Nina Bar and Lounge – Milan, Italy


ALL-DAY DANCE PARTY IN MILAN, DARLINGS! Meet you there! Save us a seat, but we won’t be using it! Let’s all wear something sparkly and spend the entire day showing off our moves and downing Champagne cocktails with international movie stars, supermodels and socialites.

Today is WEDNESDAY, which is why we’re zeroing in on escapist fantasy as our coping mechanism.

We had a VERY unusual day yesterday, which we will tell you all about in this week’s podcast. We’ll just say this: In nearly 15 years of blogging, something like this has never happened to us and we spent the night beforehand debating our course of action as well as our ethical responsibilities. In the end, things worked out fabulously and we wound up having a lovely chat with an A-list celebrity on the phone about our work. Tantalizing! We will say no more until the podcast, but it really was odd.

Anyway, how are you?


Is Princess Anne Actually the Coolest Royal?
Sure, Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Harry, and Meghan Markle get the lion’s share of the royal family’s press coverage these days. But, thanks to the upcoming season of The Crown, a new royal may be stepping back into the spotlight: Princess Anne.
Anne, who has achieved the distinction of being the hardest-working royal for not one, not two, but three years running, is a dutiful yet colorful figure in House Windsor. The second child and only daughter of Queen Elizabeth, Anne has been officially representing the monarchy since she was 18 years old. (But like most Windsor kids, she’s been in the public eye since 1950—the year she was born.) Similar to her mother, Queen Elizabeth, she’s a woman known for her quick wit—and like her aunt, Princess Margaret, a bit of sass too.


Rashida Jones on the Joy of Planning Travel—Even if the Trip Is Months Away
Thanks to an academic essay published in Applied Research in Quality of Life in 2010, research tells us that more than half the joy of travel comes before the vacation even begins—in the anticipation and planning portion of the holiday. It’s this kind of research that makes all the ruminating Rashida Jones has done—on where she’d like to go when all this is over—that much more legitimate. The title of that study was “Vacationers Happier, but Most not Happier After a Holiday.”


39 Fast and Easy Halloween Makeup Ideas for Procrastinators
Step away from the cat ears.

It’s the one time of year where wacky, wild, never-before-dreamed-of makeup looks can be achieved without anyone batting an eye. After all, Lindsay Lohan in Mean Girls said it best: “In the real world, Halloween is when kids dress up and beg for candy. But in girl world, Halloween is the one time of year a girl can dress like a total slut, and no other girl can say anything about it.” In this case, “dressing like a total slut” means going wild with glitter and fake blood because you can.


67 Celebrities in Gloriously ’80s Fashion
Take a trip down memory lane.

Ah, the ’80s. A magical time when the size of one’s blazer could be bested only by the volume of one’s hair. (See: Brooke Shields, Julia Roberts, et al.) Celebrity fashion during this decade was frankly glorious—the scrunchies! The boxy blazers!—even serving as inspiration for an ’80s trends revival in recent fashion seasons. If you’re looking for a refresher on the most magical aspects of ’80s fashion, we dug up some of the most on-trend celebrity looks of the decade. Take a trip down memory lane with us, ahead.


Everything We Know About Legally Blonde 3
Who’s back, who’s out, and when can we see it?
Rumors about a third installment for the Elle Woods cinematic universe started swirling in 2018, but it looks like Legally Blonde 3 is finally getting all of its scented, pink maribou details in line. Deadline first reported news of the sequel to a sequel and confirmed that the flick would bring Reese Witherspoon back for another go-round as Woods and enlist rom-com savant Mindy Kaling and comic genius Dan Goor (the creator of Brooklyn Nine-Nine)to write the script.


How Emma Corrin Perfected Her Lady Di Accent
Stepping into the shoes of Princess Diana was no simple process, according to actress Emma Corrin. Ahead of The Crown’s season 4 debut, she’s spoken about the work it entailed to portray the late royal, from watching the documentary Diana: In Her Own Words “about a hundred times” to meeting with Diana’s private secretary Patrick Jephson. Another key element in Corrin’s research—nailing Lady Di’s accent.


The 20 Most Iconic Coats in Movie History
Looks that live in our heads rent-free.

What’s a coat you think about a lot?” From larger-than-life furs worn by girls about town to a leopard wrap by a vaudeville star to leather trenches with attitude indicative of the ’90s, the list ran the gamut.
The way an actor gestures—a smirk, a glance—and what they are wearing while doing it can resonate for years to come. Color, material, buttons, length of the sleeves: It is the details, the little things, that help build that character. As a result, we see ourselves in their clothes, become inspired by their wardrobes, and, to varying degrees, seek to reflect their attitudes in the real world. Well, sometimes. Never underestimate someone who can look fantastic while being less than a desirable example for life.


Sophia Loren Unveils Her First Movie Role in a Decade
The iconic actor tells Vanity Fair about collaborating with her filmmaker son Edoardo Ponti for The Life Ahead, available on Netflix November 13.

It took a special role to lure Sophia Loren out of a nearly 10-year acting hiatus: Madame Rosa, a Holocaust survivor who cares for numerous children of prostitutes. The character was first dreamed up by French author Romain Gary in his classic novel The Life Before Us. She is one of the great characters of world literature,” the 86-year-old actor wrote Vanity Fair in an email. “She is fragile, strong, irreverent, in many ways she reminds me of my mother.”


Despite Everything, People Still Have Weddings at ‘Plantation’ Sites
Weddings help pay for education at American labor camp sites and connect us with history. Is that good enough?
The resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement this spring spelled the end for many Confederate symbols. Monuments have been removed, by vote and by force. But those symbols include the romanticized imagery of weddings on Southern “plantations,” a practice that carries on.


The Promise of Pawpaw
Issues like climate change, economic inequity and access to food have brought more attention to this creamy fruit and its resilient tree.
Pawpaws are the northernmost member of the mostly tropical custard apple family, kin to soursops, cherimoyas, sugar apples and ylang-ylangs. Nutritionally these sweet, rich fruits are a lot like bananas — high in vitamins, minerals and energy-supplying calories.


How Frida Kahlo Inspired This Latina to Finally Speak Spanish
After writing a book about the bold Latinx icon, I decided it was time to make a bold move myself.

For many years throughout my career, I had wondered if this would eventually happen. My mother is Puerto Rican, the daughter of parents who moved from the island to the Bronx, New York, in the ‘50s. When my mom eventually married my Black American father and they headed to the suburbs of Baltimore, Maryland—where no one they knew spoke Spanish—my mom didn’t have much reason to speak the language in our household. My older brother, younger sister, and I grew up understanding it much better than we spoke it; when we’d go to my grandparents’ house, they would speak to us in Spanish, and we’d respond in English.




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