T LOunge for November 17, 2020

Posted on November 17, 2020

Blue Moon Lounge Bar – Madrid, Spain



We figured you could use a bold, bright, loud sort of space to get you up and running today; a space for glittering conversation and serving lewks – even if you don’t feel like talking and don’t want to get out of your sweatpants today. It’s all about the fantasy, darling! And in this one, you’re jet-set, fabulous, and the center of attention! Or you’re off in a corner reading a book and enjoying yourself. We’re not here to judge. Just serve.

Today is TUESDAY. Let’s just all try to get through it, shall we?

Please feel free to sample from our Buffet of Distractions, which is refreshed every 24 hours, whether it needs it or not.


Gillian Anderson on Playing The Crown’s Iron Lady
Getting the look right involved trial and error on everything from the tailoring to accurate makeup for the era. “I was sitting in the hair and makeup chair while they were trying to work out their contributions, and when I would get closer to looking like her, I would take pictures of the mirror because it was like, Oh, my God, oh, my God—look, there she is,” says Anderson. “That was quite a long process. [Finding] the particular blue eyeshadow that felt like it was from the ’70s and ’80s, but it wasn’t quite so opaque, and the particular base that wasn’t too heavy for 4K HD. All of those choices were very carefully thought out. So when they would try different versions of things, some looked more like her than others, and it was always exciting when we got closer.”


40 Photos of Princess Diana You’ve Probably Never Seen Before
There are certain Princess Diana moments that will live in our memory forever—like her wedding day with Prince Charles in that monumental silk and taffeta-lace wedding gown, or her leaving the hospital after Prince William was born. But considering that the royal English rose was practically always in the spotlight, we treasure lesser-seen moments that were captured during her tragically short lifetime. Ahead, rare photos of the late Princess of Wales throughout her life.


19 Thanksgiving Table Decorating Ideas That Are Anything But Ordinary
These table settings are festive without going over-the-top.

Thanksgiving is all about sharing a festive meal with family and friends you love. But when you’re the host of the Thanksgiving feast, the holiday is also a chance to put your hostessing skills on display. Since the meal is the center point of the entire celebration, curating a perfectly photogenic festive table display is a must-do. We rounded up 19 ideas to spark your imagination for a perfectly planned out Thanksgiving tablescape.


“Emily in Paris” and the Rise of Ambient TV
Like earlier eras of TV, ambient television is less a creative innovation than a product of the technological and social forces of our time. Beginning in the nineteen-thirties, soap operas, first on the radio and then on television, broadcast long-running daytime dramas in which the logic of subplots didn’t matter as much as consistency—the fact that they were produced quickly and cheaply and broadcast at the same time every day. The name came from the soap brands that bought ads on the shows, to reach the audience of women at home, but it also evoked the banality of domestic labor that the programs distracted from, providing welcome background noise.


What Margaret Thatcher Was Like As a Mother
Britain’s first female Prime Minister was known as the Iron Lady, but her private life was more complicated.
Bad mother. It’s a title that has often followed women in positions of power, a badge of dishonor that trails after their professional accolades. Much has been made, after all, of Queen Elizabeth II’s role in raising her four children, and Queen Victoria’s sour statements about motherhood are all but legendary, so perhaps it should come as no surprise that another prominent British figure, Britain’s first female Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, has also earned a spot in the public mind as a member of the lackluster moms club.
But, of course, perception and reality don’t always square, and defining someone’s parental identity is often more complicated than it appears. What was Thatcher really like as a parent?


Once Upon a Time in…Traci Lords’s Hollywood
30 years after John Waters’ Cry-Baby, a look back at the scandal that made the actress truly infamous, anticipated Paris Hilton, Kim Kardashian, the movie industry’s #MeToo reckoning, and maybe even the indecency of the Trump era.

“Once you’ve done adult—and this is my opinion, I’d love for someone to prove me differently—you’ve got a black mark over your name,” says adult actress Christy Canyon, a contemporary of Lords’s. “There’s a slur against you. You were the girl that got naked and had sex on film. Is there anything wrong with it? No. Will mainstream think that there is? Most likely because no one’s ever really broken through huge. A few have tried—Traci, Ginger, Jenna Jameson, Sasha Grey. And they did a few little meaty roles, I’ll give them that. But they were never really accepted. It’s always like, ‘Oh, and it’s starring that porn star.’”


“Living Abroad As A Black Woman Is Healing Generational Trauma”: This Entrepreneur Is Paving The Way For Other Expats Of Colour
“Expat” is a loaded word. It implies a movement from one place to another, but also some existential tie to a nation of origin that eventually wants you back. Its utterance creates a centre and a periphery – a “here” and a “there”. But an expat’s identity, their sense of belonging here or there, is further complicated when it is viewed through the additional lens of race.
When New Yorker Sienna Brown moved to Spain in 2014, she was frustrated by the vast disparity between Black and white Americans’ experiences whilst abroad, and by the fact that people of colour contend with issues that their white counterparts are exempt from – issues that interfere with setting up professional lives as business owners or remote workers.


Lonely Planet names the world’s best sustainable destinations
From Greece to Namibia

It hasn’t been the easiest year for the travel industry, after the pandemic halted many overseas trips and holidays. Lonely Planet has used the period as a time for reflection on how to best encourage responsible travel, changing its annual Best in Travel list to highlight businesses and destinations that meaningfully promote sustainability, community and diversity.


Fake Treehouse, Real Memories: Life Inside the Home Alone House
30 years after Chris Columbus’s surprise Christmas smash, the residents of the Illinois house made famous in Home Alone remember the movie’s filming—and the fan pilgrimages and Halloween pranks that came after.

Almost immediately, tourists began flocking to 671 Lincoln Avenue, hoping to capture a little movie magic of their own—and giving little thought to the Abendshien family, who actually lived there. “We would have not believed back then that there would be sightseers coming to look at that house for years afterward,” John Abendshien told me in an interview. But such is the price of Hollywood stardom. From visits by a Japanese ambassador to toilet paper pranks, here’s what it was really like to live in one of the most famous movie homes of all time.


Scary Is How You Act, Not Look, Disability Advocates Tell Filmmakers
“The Witches,” a film in which Anne Hathaway’s character has disfigured hands, has resurfaced the debate over depicting evil as disabled.

The movie, based on a Roald Dahl children’s book, depicted Hathaway with hands that were wizened and disfigured, with two fingers and a thumb on each. The studio said her hands were meant to resemble cat claws, but they looked a whole lot like split hands, or ectrodactyly. People with limb differences, including paralympians and a “Great British Baking Show” semifinalist, posted photos of their hands and arms on social media with the hashtag #NotAWitch. While Hathaway and Warner Bros. apologized, many saw the damage as already done. Here, yet again, was a villain with a disability, one of the oldest, and, for many, most damaging, storytelling tropes still around.


What Could Be More Comforting Than a Quilt Coat?
Old patchwork blankets are getting new life as garments. But some preservationists cringe at ripping up heirlooms for fickle fashion.

After Cassandra Siegenthaler’s mother died in June 2019, Ms. Siegenthaler, going through her things, found a tattered, threadbare wedding ring quilt from the 1930s tucked inside an antique cedar chest. “My mother’s family was estranged so I don’t really know a lot about the origins of the quilt, but I do know it was one of the only things from her mom that she had saved,” she said.
After seeing Lydia Morrow, a plus-size influencer and lingerie designer, model a jacket-and-shorts set sewn out of an old quilt on Instagram, Ms. Siegenthaler decided to send her family quilt off to a North Carolina seamstress who works under the name Emmy Ruth to be repurposed into a coat.



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