T LOunge for December 16, 2020

Posted on December 16, 2020

Sub Rosa Cocktail Bar and Lounge – Calgary, Canada


Grab yourself a deep, dark, leather-clad Chesterfield and lie back extravagantly, for it is your own personal kingdom for the rest of the day. Let’s all be extravagant, dark and leather-clad today – if only in our minds.

It is WEDNESDAY today. We’ll take it.

The sky outside the windows of T Lo Manor are pearl-colored and look fat with icy precipitation. Folks are scrambling around with last-second groceries from the bodega down the street and bags of salt from the neighborhood hardware store. Will it be all for naught? We’ll find out by this afternoon!

In truth, we’d love a good snow storm right now. It’ll keep folks inside and it’ll make a nice backdrop for our endless lockdown life. On the other hand, we’re experiencing a ton of shipping drama this holiday season, having to cancel orders and track down packages wildly careening all over the map. It’ll be a Christmas miracle if everything arrives on time for gift-giving and a heavy snowfall will probably permanently screw some plans up. But if there’s one thing 2020 has taught us, it’s that it’s best not to sweat the small stuff or the stuff you can’t change.

What’s on your menu plan for today, kittens?

Netflix Orders Doc Series Based on Pope Francis’ Book
Netflix has ordered an original documentary series based on Sharing the Wisdom of Time, the award-winning book written by Pope Francis, in which elders from around the world share their stories with a younger generation.
The four-part Netflix series will feature women and men, all over the age of 70, from all around the world traveling with and telling their stories to young filmmakers under the age of 30 from the same country.
The docu-series will also feature an exclusive interview with Pope Francis, whose comments will form a common thread throughout the series’ episodes.


What If You Could Do It All Over?
The uncanny allure of our unlived lives. Imagining our alternate selves can be fuel for fantasy or fodder for regret.

Once, in another life, I was a tech founder. It was the late nineties, when the Web was young, and everyone was trying to cash in on the dot-com boom. In college, two of my dorm mates and I discovered that we’d each started an Internet company in high school, and we merged them to form a single, teen-age megacorp. For around six hundred dollars a month, we rented office space in the basement of a building in town. We made Web sites and software for an early dating service, an insurance-claims-processing firm, and an online store where customers could “bargain” with a cartoon avatar for overstock goods. I lived large, spending the money I made on tuition, food, and a stereo.


Tom Cruise Rips ‘Mission: Impossible’ Crewmembers Over COVID Safety Concerns
In audio released from the U.K. set, the star says that anyone who breaks COVID-19 protocols will be fired.
Tom Cruise has lambasted certain crewmembers on the U.K. set of Mission: Impossible 7 for not following proper COVID-19 safety procedures. The Sun, which published audio on Tuesday of the incident, revealed Cruise’s blistering attack after some members of the set huddled around a computer monitor without standing more than the six feet apart, as recommended by experts, in order to prevent transmission of the novel coronavirus.
“I don’t ever want to see it again, ever. And if you don’t do it you’re fired, if I see you do it again you’re f—ing gone,” Cruise said in the audio.


Meghan Markle And Prince Harry Are Becoming Podcast Hosts
“What we love about podcasting is that it reminds all of us to take a moment and to really listen, to connect to one another without distraction,” The Sussexes said in a joint statement. “With the challenges of 2020, there has never been a more important time to do so, because when we hear each other, and hear each other’s stories, we are reminded of how interconnected we all are.” Their couple’s debut series isn’t expected until 2021, but they will host a holiday special set to premiere before the end of the year.


‘Mad Men’ Costume Designer Janie Bryant Launches Her First Menswear Line
With Bryant Draper, the Emmy-award winning designer combines her love of fashion and cinema in a Hollywood-inspired collection.
“I’ve been wanting to do a menswear line for over a decade,” says Janie Bryant, the Emmy-award winning costume designer behind Mad Men.
In collaboration with Inherent Clothier, the custom menswear brand with a focus on fighting mental health stigmas, Bryant released a line of suits on Dec. 1. The collection is aptly named Bryant Draper: Inherent Clothier founder, Taylor Draper, shares his last name with Mad Men protagonist Don Draper.
“Taylor is such a huge fan of Mad Men, and I’m a huge fan of menswear,” Bryant says of the organic start to the collaboration. “It’s like a dream come true for both of us.”


Yes, Whoopi Goldberg Is Buying Your Sister Act Etsy Merch
And she has those ‘Sister Act 3’ details you’ve been waiting for…

“My daughter prefers Sister Act 2. I think it’s a generational thing. But I understand hearing certain genres of music for the first time through a movie. That’s really powerful. Movie musicals are really important because of moments like that. But in terms of details for the third one, listen, I’m still not sure. We are trying to get all of the pieces put together. The business crap. You know how it is. So let us get that together and then after that, we’re writing a script. I’m trying to let everybody do what they’re supposed to do. Because otherwise, it’s all the actors just coming to me saying, “Can we do it now? Can we improvise it without a script?” And I’m like, just let us get the business pieces together! So it’s happening. It’s going to happen. Stay excited.”


Indya Moore Aims to Give Trans Youth the Christmas They Deserve with the TranSanta Project
“This is a great way for them to have access to the mass amount of abundance of love that exists all across the world for them,” continues Moore. “That’s what we need. It’s very affirming, and I think it’s not only rejuvenating our faith and our future, I think that it’s also affirming that we do care about trans people’s lives and their futures. The way people have responded to TranSanta is a testimony. This was born out of frustration for the overwhelm of media attention and news speeds of misery and terror. Trans youth deserve to partake in the joy that so many other groups of people are getting to enjoy—not just on the holidays—all the time.”


Lauren Hutton on Meeting Princess Diana, Getting Dressed in Quarantine, and How She Takes Care of Her Skin at 77
What is it about Lauren Hutton that has managed to capture hearts for nearly six decades? In 1964, the surprisingly fresh-faced, gap-toothed 22-year-old began posing for the likes of Bert Stern and Richard Avedon, quickly charming her way to the cover of Vogue (a feat she achieved not once but a whopping 27 times) and a lucrative million-dollar modeling contract with Revlon (an industry first). In recent years, between her scuba diving sojourns around the world, Hutton continues to enthrall designers, be it The Row’s Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen or Valentino’s Pierpaolo Piccioli—and with good reason: At 77, Hutton is more beautiful than ever.


Tamron Hall Is the Most Fashionable Woman on Daytime Television. Period.
When it comes to style on daytime television, no one can compete with Tamron Hall. The Emmy-winning host dresses with a dramatic flair rarely seen on the small screen, where the standard has long been a subdued wardrobe that doesn’t distract from breaking news. In contrast, it isn’t unusual to see Hall addressing her audience while wearing cashmere knits from Victor Glemaud, ruffled Saint Laurent blouses, or neon pink cropped jackets from Jacquemus—i.e., the kind of clothes typically reserved from front rows or red carpets.


A Deeper, Darker Look at James Beard, Food Oracle and Gay Man
A new biography traces the influence he wielded as a writer and the pain he endured for his sexuality in an unwelcoming world.

Fifty years ago, this is how the foremost American food authority described his favorite menu for a holiday open house: “I put out a big board of various slicing sausages — salami, Polish sausage, whatever I find in the market that looks good — and an assortment of mustards. I also like to have another board of cheeses: Swiss Gruyère, a fine Cheddar and maybe a Brie. And with the cheeses, I serve thinly sliced rye bread and crackers of some kind and a bowl of fruit.” In other words: James Beard, who died in 1985 at age 81, was a master of the charcuterie board long before it became a staple on Instagram and Pinterest — and even before those platforms’ founders were born.


The Endless Debate: Cancel or Rebook?
Would-be travelers this year have spent hours on hold, learning the ins and outs of refund policies.

Travel companies have traditionally been able to predict busy and quiet periods. Not so in this year. Since March, waves of cancellations have reverberated — sometimes with little notice — because of rising infection rates, travel restrictions and state and local rules. “There were cancellations in the beginning — March and April were huge,” said Hana Pevny, who owns the Waldo Emerson Inn, a boutique inn in Kennebunkport, Maine. “Then in May and June, people who had already made summer plans realized they couldn’t execute on them. And now, with Covid cases rising again, it’s like I was fully booked for Christmas one day and had to process $3,000 in cancellations the next.”




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