T LOunge for December 17, 2020

Posted on December 17, 2020

Lapérouse Bar and Restaurant – Paris, France


What the hell, let’s be grandiose today. Tie the silk bows on your shoes, check your panniers, pat your pompadour, and pick a seat from which to observe and judge all day while eating tiny cakes and drinking out of even tinier crystal goblets.

Today is THURSDAY. That’s sort of worth celebrating, right?

Our snowfall came and went and now the streets outside stately T Lo Manor are filled with the sounds of shovels crunching against sidewalks and tires plowing through slush. It’s amazing how quickly snowfalls go from romantic to just another of life’s annoyances.

In other mundane news, we’re seriously considering a pretzels-and-dip sort of Christmas, if only because our regular grocery-procuring drama has kicked into high gear because of the snow and we suspect our shopping picks will be rejected one by one by the time our insta-shopper goes through our list this weekend. It just feels like we should scale back on the production a little bit and enjoy ourselves however we can. On the other hand, we know ourselves, and if we woke up on Christmas day with nothing but Ritz Crackers and Cracker Barrel cheese to celebrate, we’d probably be a bit depressed by it. These are the ultimate in first-world problems, we realize, but how are you threading the needle on trying to have a decent holiday in the manner you prefer and realizing that 2020 calls for a rethinking and possibly lowering of expectations?


This Instagram Account Spotlights Handmade Works by Indigenous Elders
In Indigenous culture, elders are regarded with the highest respect. They are the backbone of their communities and hold key teachings and languages that help preserve their tribal traditions and carry them forward. Many elders also have a deep knowledge of craft and act as cultural conduits, teaching the younger generations how to weave, bead, and sew. Knowing this sacred role of Indigenous elders, Adopt-A-Native-Elder, a nonprofit program, is spotlighting and paying tribute to elders of the Navajo Nation—and helping them keep afloat during the pandemic in the process.


Lily James & Sebastian Stan Tapped To Play Pam Anderson & Tommy Lee In Event Series For Hulu; Seth Rogen On Board To Play Man Who Got His Hands On Infamous Sex Tape
Sources tell Deadline that Lily James and Sebastian Stan are on board to play former Baywatch star Pamela Anderson and Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee in a new limited series for Hulu going by the working title Pam & Tommy. The rockstar couple’s relationship dominated the tabloids for years, including the scandal of when their sex tape from their honeymoon was stolen and leaked to the public. Seth Rogen is on board to play the man who stole the tape, with I, Tonya director Craig Gillespie helming the series and Rob Siegel writing. Rogen is also producing the project along with his partner Evan Goldberg through their Point Grey banner along with Dylan Sellers through Limelight, Dave Franco and Sue Naegle and Megan Ellison at Annapurna. The eight-episode series will shoot in the spring.


An Oral History of Fashion’s Response to the AIDS Epidemic
In honor of HIV/AIDS Awareness month, Phillip Picardi speaks to 25 fashion luminaries, including Marc Jacobs, Bethann Hardison, and Ralph Lauren—to highlight a previously untold history of the AIDS crisis.

In the 1980s, AIDS was stigmatized even more than it is today, and many queer people feared the societal repercussions of coming out. Many people died in silence and shame, making this history hard to trace. Many of the names you’ll read about here may be new to you, as they were to me. Perhaps you didn’t know about Willi Smith, the godfather of streetwear. Or Patrick Kelly, the first-ever American designer accepted into the chambre syndicale of pret-a-porter. And maybe you’ve heard the story about Marc Jacobs being fired from Perry Ellis—but didn’t know the backstory of Perry Ellis himself, the poster boy of American fashion and the former president of the CFDA.


How To Smell Good Without Perfume According To Experts
We all want to smell good. It boosts your confidence and not to mention, people will want to be around you more (post-COVID, of course). But not everyone is a fan of perfume — especially when it’s overwhelming.
If you fit that bill, but still want to smell fresh all day, you’ve come to the right place. We consulted experts on the best way to smell clean and pleasant without going overboard. And it unsurprisingly starts from within.
Director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City and dermatologist to the stars Dr. Zeichner tells InStyle that there are a lot of factors that contribute to your natural, uh, scent.


An Authorized Whitney Houston Biopic Is Coming
A Star Wars star has been cast as the music icon. Here’s what you need to know so far.

Whitney Houston is getting the official biopic treatment. Her estate, producer Clive Davis, and Primary Wave Music have signed off on a feature film portraying the late singer’s life and iconic music, Deadline reported. The working title? I Wanna Dance with Somebody, named after Houston’s famous 1987 hit. At the moment, the film is set for a Thanksgiving 2022 release. Here’s what we know about the project so far.


The Photographer Who Set Out to Watch Herself Age
Over nearly four decades, beginning in the early eighties, the photographer Nancy Floyd executed an epic project of self-documentation, the results of which are collected in her new volume, “Weathering Time.” But it is not Floyd’s strict adherence to a plan that makes her project so compelling. It’s that she completed it with a laid-back kind of tenacity—an anti-perfectionistic, unfixed attitude, which lends her book, a curiously organized archive of some twelve hundred black-and-white images, a meandering charm.


The Fiftieth Anniversary of “Feliz Navidad,” the Simplest Song Ever Written
José Feliciano looks back on the nineteen-word Christmas song, which he wrote in ten minutes and recorded in a single take.

Writing a Christmas hit can be mind-blowingly lucrative, and also a little annoying. Johnny Marks, who made millions from “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” griped in his later years, “This is not exactly what I hoped to be remembered for.” (Too bad; “Rudolph” was in the headline of his Times obituary.) José Feliciano has no ambivalence about “Feliz Navidad,” his bilingual earworm from 1970. He is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary with a live-streamed concert, a children’s book, a line of branded Teddy bears, and a re-recording featuring artists such as Lin-Manuel Miranda, Michael Bolton, and La India.


Dead Poet’s Society: The Rise of Dickinson
How a wild, feminist show about a 20-something Emily Dickinson became a breakout hit for Apple TV+.

This fall, the quirky half-hour Dickinson, a surreal period dramedy inspired by the life of a young Emily Dickinson, grabbed a couple of unexpected honors: It will be the first Apple TV+ series to earn a second season, as well as being the first Apple series to get a season-three greenlight. The Morning Show and For All Mankind, which gathered Emmy buzz, had to delay their season-two productions thanks to the pandemic. So it’s the show about the poet that’s Apple TV+’s trailblazing debut, a marriage of feminist history and world-dominating luxury tech that is both entirely bizarre and uniquely American.


Snail Mail: A Letter from Édouard Manet
A charming watercolor provides insight into the French artist’s private world

Manet—the great painter of modern Paris, the hero of the Impressionist generation, the leading artist-provocateur of his age—penned these lines at a difficult moment in his life. He was stuck in Bellevue, a suburban spa town west of Paris, where his doctors had sent him for a course of medical treatment. He spent the summer and fall of 1880 there in a vain attempt to slow the advancing symptoms of tertiary syphilis.


How to Make a Spectacular Holiday Trifle
Flamboyant, fruity and exceedingly merry, trifles are a show-off dessert with a self-effacing name.

For all their fanciness, they’re also highly adaptable. As long as you have layers of cake, custard, some kind of fruit or jam (or both), and a fluffy cloud of cream on top, you can vary it as much as you like.
This said, there are, still, a few very loose rules to keep in mind for the best possible result.


We Asked: Why Does Oreo Keep Releasing New Flavors?
The brand’s strategy is stunning in its simplicity.

The team of people who come up with limited-edition Oreo flavors and collaborations is a half-dozen strong and extremely secretive. Their privacy is so tightly guarded, said Justin Parnell, the senior director of the Oreo brand, that he could not even reveal the team’s name. But their efforts are made public every time Oreo announces a new variety.




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