T LOunge for November 27, 2020

Posted on November 27, 2020

Petra Bar and Restaurant – Oia, Greece


Darlings, don’t be like us; two fools who spent the first hour of the day thinking it was Monday. We are happy to report that it is, in fact, FRIDAY. So grab some of that open sky over Greece and call it your own for the rest of today. Are we all stuffed and happy today? Did we all make it through our socially distanced holiday? We had a lovely Zoom visit with some family members that nonetheless tended to underline how weird and solitary this Thanksgiving actually was, but we still managed to sit down to a meal made with entirely too much butter and waddled away from the table happy. Today will be a leftoverfest and we’ll continue the Christmas decorating we’ve already started.

What are your plans for today? Aside from eating and napping repeatedly, we mean?


The Urban Refuge of the New York Botanical Garden
Meadows, woodlands, wetlands, and glades, full of plants native to the region, surround a crescent-shaped pool of recycled rainwater—an outdoor space for which to give thanks.

Since the nineteen-thirties, the New York Botanical Garden, in the Bronx, has dedicated three and a half acres to its Native Plant Garden. Redesigned in 2013, it’s home to some hundred thousand species of trees, ferns, shrubs, wildflowers, and grasses, all indigenous to the Northeast. Meadows, woodlands, wetlands, and glades surround a crescent-shaped pool of recycled rainwater, purified with the help of aquatic plants—an urban refuge for which to give thanks.


The Future of Retail Is Genderless
The image of Harry Styles in a Gucci dress on Vogue’s December cover proved so controversial that it became international news—and not for the obvious reason that it’s Harry f**king Styles and he looks amazing! Even politicians weighed in on the Tyler Mitchell–lensed photoshoot in which Styles, who is far from the first, or even the most provocative gent to slip into a dress, wears several frocks by Gucci, Chopova Lowena, Wales Bonner, and Harris Reed. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, for the record, thought Styles looked “bomb,” but at its core, the dress debate highlighted an issue that plagues much of the fashion world and the world at large: the gender binary.


Prince Charles and Camilla Had To Turn Off Their Twitter Comments
Fans of The Crown were getting very heated.

It’s probably safe to assume that Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles don’t actually see their Twitter comments, but according to The Daily Mail, @ClarenceHouse, the official account of the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, had to turn off commenting. Why? Blame Netflix’s hit The Crown. The show’s fourth season is chronicling the relationship between Prince Charles, the late Princess Diana, and Camilla.


Helen Mirren on Aging ‘Disgracefully,’ Quarantine Makeup, and Staying Fit
The L’Oréal Paris spokeswoman shares how she found her worth ahead of the brand’s annual Women of Worth awards.

Mirren admits she found moments of confidence in quarantine when she indulged in a little makeup and clothing (not of the loungewear variety). “Every day, I got up put on really good makeup, fixed my hair, and got out of my pajamas and into real clothes, not to go out in the world, but to be at home,” she says.
Dressing up was just one part of Mirren’s quarantine routine, which also included a new fitness regimen with her husband. “My husband and I, because we’re both older, agreed we had to get as healthy as possible during lockdown,” she says. “We both adopted our own exercise programs; I did yoga and he did pilates. It was a great opportunity to reset.”


Inside the Remodel of Buckingham Palace’s Famed Picture Gallery
Works by Canaletto, Vermeer, and Rembrandt are being moved for the first time in 45 years.

Remodeling is never an easy proposition, but when the property under renovation is Buckingham Palace, it’s especially complicated. The palace is currently in the midst of a “Reservicing Programme,” a ten-year project to refurbish many of the building’s essential services, like pipes and electrical wiring. The program will also make Buckingham Palace more accessible to visitors and more eco-friendly.
The newest phase of the project, the remodeling of the Picture Gallery, has just begun. Originally built in the 1820s for King George IV, the Picture Gallery is one of Buckingham Palace’s principal state rooms and a fixture of the Palace’s west wing. It is best known for hosting state visits and other official events attended by the Queen. The gallery is also home to some of the most famous paintings in the Royal Collection, the British royal family’s art holdings. In this room, visitors find works by Canaletto, Vermeer, and Rembrandt, just to name a few.


The Clark’s Latest Exhibit is Setting the Standard For Modern Museums
Ground/work, open 24 hours a day through late 2021, is a perfect example of socially distant culture.

It isn’t quite fair to call the success of Ground/work, an exceptional new exhibition at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts, accidental. After all, the show—which features new work from six artists spread out over the Clark’s bucolic 140-acre campus—was in the works for more than three years before it debuted this fall, and is a compelling collection of pieces that deftly brings the 66-year-old museum outside of its walls. The bit where chance comes in is really a matter of timing; earlier this year as the art world grappled with how to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, the Clark had the good fortune to open a show that not only met the moment but did so brilliantly.


The Crown Shares One Key Location with Pride & Prejudice and Outlander
To be fair, it’s a great setting for a period drama.

Like most period dramas, The Crown’s sumptuous locations feel almost like characters. But eagle-eyed viewers noticed one season 4 location has played a recurring role in several other films and TV shows. In the third episode, “Fairytale,” Diana (Emma Corrin) dances out her stress beneath a stunning mural in Buckingham Palace. Earlier this year, Johnny Flynn’s Mr. Knightley fled to the same room after a ball, as seen in Emma. Before that, the location served as a room at Pemberley, Mr. Darcy’s (Matthew Macfadyen) sprawling mansion in 2005’s Pride & Prejudice.


12 Best New Christmas Movies of 2020
Because this Grinch of a year will not put a damper on our holiday spirit.

With all the question marks 2020 is currently dangling over our heads like misplaced mistletoe, there is one definitive action we can count on: Christmas will go on. No matter what happens in the coming months, you can bet that we’ll be consuming too many gingerbread men and watching a surplus of holiday movies. Lucky for us, there’s a whole host of new, festive entertainment to filter into watching Elf on a loop.
From made-for-TV movies and musical specials to streaming gems and real-life theater releases, this year’s Christmas content is shaping up to be diverse, inclusive, and representative—just what we asked Santa for. Ahead, we’re curating a few titles to keep on your radar.


The best emerald-cut engagement rings
Everything you need to know about the classic cut

It became a hugely popular cut during the 1920s art deco movement, which favoured clean lines and symmetrical shapes. The jeweller Harry Winston adored emerald cuts for their ability to show off the exceptional quality and clarity of a diamond (with fewer facets to reflect light than other cuts, you are able to look directly into an emerald-cut stone, which would show up any flaws). Indeed, the cut has become something of a house signature, linking back to the famous Jonker I, the 125.35 carat emerald-cut diamond cleaved from the enormous 726 carat Jonker rough diamond that Winston bought in 1935.


Why Frank Zappa Still Matters
Alex Winter on his documentary about the innovative—and polarizing—rocker.

There are no short answers with Zappa, but I think he matters because he is now generally accepted as one of the great 20th-century avant-garde composers. He has a huge reputation in that world and his music is constantly performed, even if he’s been somewhat abandoned by the rock community.


Laura Ingalls Wilder only had one good Thanksgiving in the Little House books
A classic of children’s literature captures the warmth and comfort of Thanksgiving.

You might think that Laura Ingalls Wilder’s immortal Little House books would suit our purposes perfectly. But in the entire nine-volume saga, there are only two Thanksgiving scenes.
There simply isn’t room, in these books about survivalism, for more than one pious feast day a year. So the two Thanksgiving scenes that we do get serve very specific purposes.


The Museums of Paris: A Source for Gifts Inspired by the Past
Although a new lockdown has made it more challenging, browsing at museum shops is still an option, thanks to the internet.

I can’t count how many times I’ve been to the Louvre Museum’s gift shop, but it was just before the coronavirus outbreak that I discovered La Boutique de la Chalcographie du Louvre, the public face of the museum’s atelier that reproduces prints and sculptures. It is a repository for more than 600 prints (or, as the museum refers to them, engravings) made from plates in the Louvre’s permanent collection, rendered on museum-quality paper and guaranteed to last 100 years. In normal times all of them are on display and for sale to visitors. I have spent hours leafing through the dozens of folios there — without ever paying the price of admission into the museum itself. With Paris under lockdown, visiting the Louvre and Paris’s other museums and cultural spaces is not an option, but it is still possible to take advantage of their expertly curated gift shops.



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