The Daily T LOunge for October 23, 2020

Posted on October 23, 2020

Mylos Café, Lounge and Bar – Santorini, Greece

 

Sweet Jesus on a breadstick, YES. Drop your bag and sit wherever pleases you because none of us are leaving this spot for the next … oh, let’s say 18 hours to be on the safe side.

Today is FRIDAY. Make every minute a banquet, every utterance a toast.

We’re off to podcast and opinionate on frivolous matters, but the bar will remain open all day, darlings. Indulge and talk amongst yourselves.

 

Vogue: Fantasy and Fashion Revisits the Magazine’s Most Fantastical Fairy Tales and Photo Shoots
In dark times, we tend to find comfort in looking to the past. Revisiting the fairy tales that sparked our imagination and filled us with joy as children is one place to start. What if you could relive those stories through a modern lens, one that features couture gowns and familiar faces?
Enter Vogue: Fantasy and Fashion, edited by Vogue’s archivist Laird Borrelli-Persson. The tome celebrates the magazine’s many reinterpretations of fantastical tales, from Alice in Wonderland to Snow White. Turn a page, and you’ll find yourself on a yellow brick road paved with Dior by John Galliano gowns and Marc Jacobs minidresses (“The Wizard of Oz,” December 2005, photographed by Annie Leibovitz). Flip through again, and you’ll be guided through an enchanted forest by pianist Eddy Duchin, actor Frank Fay, and baseball player Hank Greenberg as a few of the seven dwarfs (“Fables Retold: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” December 15, 1946, photographed by Irving Penn). Other fables get the Steven Meisel or Steven Klein treatment, and many of them have the recognizable stamp of Grace Coddington. Who else could create such covetable wardrobes for our modern-day heroines?

 

Glenn Close Talks Broadway for Biden and Reviving Cruella De Vil at Home
The only thing that’s been able to ease my nerves is Glenn Close’s Instagram feed. The 73-year-old actor has become something of a quarantine MVP while sequestered in her Montana home with her pup Pippi (or Sir Pippin of Beanfield, as he’s called on Instagram). Close is candid and unpretentious in her posts, peppering her page with nature snapshots, a five-minute ode to her beloved New York City, and a jaw-dropping throwback to The Stepford Wives, among other musings on life, politics, and art.
“Well that’s what’s gotten me through the year. Pip and I just went for our walk all over the neighborhood. I moved because the land is so calming and beautiful, plus I have so many family members here: two sisters, a brother, various nephews and nieces, et cetera. I live across the yard from my younger sister and have friends who have been careful about COVID, but I have to say, it’s mostly just been me at home. The last time I was in New York was February, but otherwise I’ve been up here the whole time. I’ve been very lucky, but who knew just how lucky I’d be?”

 

Where Americans Are Traveling Locally in 2020
Last week, Airbnb released a report about how Americans’ travel habits have changed amid the COVID-19 pandemic. No surprise here, but they’ve shifted a lot. Especially when it comes to where people are traveling, and how long they’re staying for.
Once upon a time, weekend trips or journeys to far-flung locales were on everyone’s wishlists. But with international borders closed and many metropolitan destinations under stringent lockdowns, Airbnb found that its users were searching for domestic escapes with close proximity to nature. And they wanted to stay longer: The company found that people who have the opportunity to work from anywhere booked longer stays—as in two-plus weeks—especially in places with abundant natural surroundings.

 

Jeff Goldblum on Style at 68 and Wearing Leather Pants to Work Out
Experimenting with fashion has been a recent development, the actor explains over the phone from the U.K., where he’s shooting Jurassic World: Dominion, which releases in 2022. This style evolution began when he met his stylist Vottero on the set of a GQ shoot about six years ago. Since then, they’ve crafted Goldblum’s fashion renaissance (the Jeff-aissance, if you will) together. For this latest Jurassic Park project, Vottero even got involved in some of the film’s costumes, along with costume designer Joanna Johnston. “He’s so knowledgeable and creative, and we work well together,” Goldblum says of Vottero. “He digs my sensibility about minimalism in the closet. I’ve started paring away anything that we’re not in love with, or that’s unnecessary. Having said that, it’s getting to be a little bit of an accumulation.”

 

Princess Diana’s Most Iconic Outfits All Included the Color Red
Gowns, sweaters, suits — you name it, she had it in this bright, bold shade.

We often wonder how certain celebrities and royals manage to find a winning look every time they step out. On one hand, they definitely have help: they’re pals with designers, work with talented stylists, and have picked up plenty of tricks. But on the other, they’ve also developed specific aesthetics, and tend to stick to outfit formulas. For example, Princess Diana was a big fan of the color red.

 

Is the Pope’s Endorsement of Same-Sex Civil Unions Worth Getting Excited About?
The head of the Catholic Church has come out in support of LGBTQ rights at the same time that they may be threatened by Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination.

While Francis has suggested in past interviews that he is not personally against civil unions, this is the first time as the leader of the Church that he has directly come out in favor of them. “You can’t kick someone out of a family, nor make their life miserable for this. What we have to have is a civil union law; that way they are legally covered,” the pope says in the interview for Francesco, a documentary about his life that premiered at the Rome Film Festival yesterday.

 

Who Will Represent Us at the Polls?: A Primer on the Forgotten Sister Suffragettes
Looking back at three Black activists whose work in the late 19th and early 20th centuries provides a blueprint for how to move forward in our current heartbreaking, history-making moment.

With just days to go until November 3, calls to vote—some aimed squarely at Black women—have reached a fever pitch. But as many electoral strategists know, Black women are among the United States’ most consistent voters. Over the summer, as the country celebrated the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, a reckoning over systemic racism was taking hold. And yet few commemorations directly addressed just how key white supremacy was to many white suffragettes’ arguments for the right to vote. Before the 14th amendment guaranteeing citizenship to freed slaves was passed, many white women argued that they should be able to vote before Black men. Post-Reconstruction, they lamented not having the same rights as Black men. Noticeably, Black women were absent from both arguments. This erasure continues today, in many conversations around anti-Blackness when, inevitably, a white woman will cry “Don’t forget women!” as if there are not women who are Black.

 

How T’Nia Miller Found Herself at the Center of Bly Manor’s Emotional Maze
The English actress delivered a pivotal performance and shocking twist in The Haunting of Bly Manor. Here, she breaks down how it came together.

Whenever anyone talks about Netflix’s The Haunting of Bly Manor, one question inevitably comes up, and usually comes up fast: “Have you watched Episode 5?” That’s because “The Altar of the Dead” is an enthralling maze that leads to the beating heart at the center of the ghost story. Much like “The Bent-Neck Lady,” the lynchpin fifth episode of The Haunting of Hill House, the first season of the horror anthology series, it begins by slowly clarifying some of the supernatural laws tormenting the characters and ends in a reveal that delivers an emotional gut punch. Proving that horror stories aren’t all jump scares or atmospheric tension, it grapples with very human experiences like loss—the loss of love, of potential, of what was and what could have been.

 

The 12 Best Alfred Hitchcock Movies
The legendary director is known as a master of suspense. But where should you start with his oeuvre?

On October 21, director Ben Wheatley’s adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca premiered on Netflix, marking the first time the story appeared on the screen since 1940 when Alfred Hitchcock directed his now-legendary version. And while Wheatley’s version certainly stands on its own, it might also inspire audiences to revisit not only Hitchcock’s Rebecca, but also the horror maestro’s other great films. Which are the best to watch, and where should you begin?

 

I Wish I Could Cancel My Racist In-Laws
Shutting people out is easy online. It’s much more complicated when real lives are involved.

No matter what, relationships with in-laws can be tricky. But this is especially true in interracial relationships, where you could find yourself confronting a bright orange sign blaring, “Earth’s Most Endangered Species: THE WHITE RACE,” in your brother-in-law-to-be’s garage, while your toddler-aged daughter bounces on your hip. You might have to swallow your shock-induced nausea, return to the house, and compliment your sister-in-law to be on her manicotti, because these people are a part of your daughter’s family, because you are afraid, and because this wasn’t the first time you didn’t know what else to do.

 

An Ode To The Cat Man On Your Hinge Account
New studies show they’re undateable, but what’s the issue exactly?

Cat ladies. We’re lonely, sexless, eccentric and of course, ‘crazy’! Such associations with female cat lovers are rooted in their links to witchcraft historically and, in my case, only half are correct. I’ll leave you to ponder which ones.
There’s the cat tattoo stretching majestically across my ribs – a natural choice for my first ‘mutilation’ (as my mum calls it), given I will categorically love felines forever. Then there are the three wooden cat sculptures who smirk wryly on my mantel piece, that I’ve lugged with me to every house since university. The cat-face Mona Lisa poster I bought on eBay, the cat collage umbrella and all the cat-themed gifts I’ve received over the years, ranging from ice trays to door weights.
Oh, and as a child I would take my cat’s whiskers on holiday with me in a clear pouch because I missed him. (Don’t worry, they had already fallen out, I didn’t pluck him senseless.)
So, I’m a cute cat lady – but what of the cat men?

 

The best ways to incorporate vintage into your wedding day
Because vintage and vintage-inspired are two very different things.

Infusing vintage elements into your wedding day is not only sustainable, but also sentimental. Whether it’s your family’s fine china or an archival piece from a fashion house you’ve long admired, it’s sometimes that much more special to incorporate elevated elements from the past that are rich in history, rather than consistently insisting on something brand new. What’s more, opting for vintage ensures that your design, fashion, and decor elements are one of a kind, rather than run of the mill or easily replicated.

 

How to Create Your Own Herbal Tea Garden
For these uncertain times, a step-by-step guide to growing brew-friendly plants at home, and using them to make infusions that soothe and restore.

The tea garden — a typically modest plot dedicated to the growing of herbs and flowers for steeping — has its roots in ancient herbalist traditions and helped lay the foundation for modern botany. According to “The Gardener’s Companion to Medicinal Plants,” a 2016 guide to home remedies, the study of herbal medicine can be traced back 5,000 years, to the Sumerians of southern Mesopotamia, who listed the names of hundreds of plants — including fennel, mint, thyme, sage, myrtle and marjoram — on clay tablets that were later rediscovered in what is now Iraq. Modern scholars believe that the Sumerians used what they grew in medicinal preparations such as tea infusions that were intended to treat ailments from toothache to inflammation.

 

 

 

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