T LOunge for December 2, 2020

Posted on December 02, 2020

The Flow of Ecstatic Bar – Dongguan, China


Let’s all be total DRAMA QUEENS today, darlings! Put on your reddest dress and stand in the spotlight in a colorless room, striking the most ridiculously over-the-top pose you can manage. Then throw a Champagne flute against the wall, throw your head back, and laugh deviously. It’ll be good for you, we promise. After that, you can find a comfy seat and sit quietly while you read your favorite book, but you simply MUST be a total drama queen for a few minutes first.

Today is WEDNESDAY. Half a Hallelujah.

In domestic news, Lorenzo is enjoying the fruits of his very first Advent calendar (literally):


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He mentioned earlier this year that he missed getting little Bonne Maman jam jars for breakfast at our favorite hotels and had been looking forward to a six-month book tour where he’d presumably be treated to them on a regular basis. When Tom saw this adorable jam-filled Advent calendar on the Fug Girls’ shopping guide for Advent calendars, he knew he had to get it for him. Yesterday was a pear and plum confit and today was something cherry-related. We also got some VERY wonderful news yesterday, but you’ll have to wait for the next post to find out what it is. Until then, chat amongst yourselves, dolls!

Never-Before-Seen Photos Show a History of White House Holidays
As is custom, in between Thanksgiving and Christmas Day, The White House unveils its holiday decorations. Room upon historical room is festooned with garlands, ribbons, and ornaments—a festive tradition stewarded by the First Lady for all to enjoy. But for those administrations spanning Johnson to George Bush Senior, there was another holiday event on the calendar: The annual Diplomatic Children’s Party. From 1964 to the early 1990s, diplomat parents who hailed from all over and found themselves in D.C. on assignment were able to bring their tiny tots to the White House for some holiday cheer come Christmastime.


Elliot Page Comes Out as Transgender In a Moving Open Letter
Elliot Page, the Oscar-nominated star of movies and TV shows including Juno, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and Tales of the City, announced on Instagram Tuesday that he is transgender, sharing his new name and pronouns—he/they—with the world.
“I feel lucky to be writing this. To be here. To have arrived at this place in my life,” Page wrote on Instagram in a lengthy statement that focused primarily on the inequality that queer and trans people of color still face.
“In 2020 alone it has been reported that at least 40 transgender people have been murdered, the majority of which were Black and Latinx trans women,” Page noted. “To the political leaders who work to criminalize trans health care and deny our right to exist and to all of those with a massive platform who continue to spew hostility towards the trans community: you have blood on your hands.”


Modern Day Fellas, What’s Stopping You From Going Full Mushroom Haircut?
The ’90s trend thrived then and deserves a revival now.

The once-omnipresent trend was a style worn by It boys and men of the ’90s and early ’00s that basically involved parting their longish hair down the middle so the front strands fell forward, creating a curtain effect around the face and giving one’s forehead time to shine. It’s like a bowl cut…if it was given an Instagram aesthetic.


The Lessons I Learned From My Bubbie, RBG
Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s granddaughter, Clara Spera, reflects on the late Supreme Court Justice’s legacy.

Now that my grandmother is gone, I am humbled and comforted when I wear her clothes. These items carry more than just a legacy of sartorial elegance; they are a tangible reminder of the woman underneath the judicial robe and of everything she taught me, from lessons in style to how best to continue to strive toward a “more perfect union.” Her thoughtful wardrobe choices—never an accessory out of place, a story behind every piece of clothing she wore—were but one aspect of her incredible mind and attention to detail.


42 Sweet Photos of the Royal Family Celebrating Christmas
From Her Majesty’s inaugural Christmas address in 1952 to Meghan Markle’s first holiday appearance as a member of the royal family.

Christmas is going to look a bit different this year. With the UK back in lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, the royal family my not be able to mark the season in the traditional way. However, the House of Windsor sure knows how to celebrate the holidays and they’ll certainly come up with something festive. As Christmastime approaches, take a look back at both the royals’ annual engagements (the Queen’s televised address and the whole family’s attendance at Christmas Day services in Sandringham) and their classic Christmas traditions and activities. Here, we’ve rounded up the best photos of Queen Elizabeth, Princess Diana, Kate Middleton, and more royal family members getting into the holiday spirit.


Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal on Love Story at 50
A half-century after the release of their iconic film, the actors look back—and still aren’t saying they’re sorry.

When Love Story, the tale of a doomed romance between Ivy League students Oliver, a rich preppy, and Jenny, a spirited social zero, went from a slender paperback to an unexpected box-office smash despite a downbeat ending where Jenny dies of, well, something. In 1970, it was received with sniffles, snickers, and seven Oscar nominations. A cathartic respite for a country in chaos, the little-tear-jerker-that-could took in more than $130 million worldwide, rescuing Paramount Pictures from financial disaster. Sure, critics poked fun at its naivete, but even Kurt Vonnegut once admitted to Harvard’s Signet Society that criticizing Love Story was like “criticizing a chocolate eclair.”
Five decades later, the film has proven more durable than its own fictional marriage, and leads Ryan O’Neal and Ali MacGraw are now celebrating the golden anniversary of the movie that made them overnight stars and forever linked them in the public eye. “It’s been a fast 50,” says O’Neal. “I don’t have those relationships with my wives!”


It’s Hanukkah. It’s 2020. Isn’t It Time for a Giant Latke Already?
Leah Koenig’s flavorful twists on Hanukkah favorites.

Hanukkah brings warmth and brightness during the depths of winter. To commemorate the Hanukkah story, when a scrappy Judean army recaptured the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and found a jar of oil that miraculously lit the menorah for eight days and nights, Jewish families traditionally enjoy foods fried in oil—most famously potato latkes. When it comes to the holidays, I find that tradition tastes best when it gets the chance to play, which is why this year I’m cooking up twists on Hanukkah favorites, like an oversize skillet latke that delivers all of the crunchy charm of the classic fritters in one go. I’ll pair it with saucy, tender chicken, braised brisket-style and brimming with flavor. Then I’ll bake up a batch of savory onion jam rugelach to snack on throughout the festivities.


EW reveals its 2020 Entertainers of the Year: Pedro Pascal, Sacha Baron Cohen, Kerry Washington, and more
In a year like no other, our six (technically, seven) cover subjects gave performances that were iconic and unforgettable. Plus, we celebrate 10 more honorees who enthralled and entertained us throughout 2020.
Dan and Eugene Levy smashed Emmy records in 2020, but they’re not done yet
The Schitt’s Creek co-creators and costars — and owners of the best-known eyebrows in the business — are two of EW’s Entertainers of the Year.


Explore the Illuminated Natural World
Manuscripts curators put a modern spin on the medieval book

As manuscript curators, we have long admired the remarkably naturalistic paintings of flowers and insects that fill the pages of books with color and life. To bring some of this color into our own lives, we collected flowers and leaves to make our own living borders.
Throughout the history of the book, scribes and artists have incorporated nature into their creations. The acanthus leaf letterforms in a Bible from the 800s were inspired by ancient Roman art (from sculpture to inscriptions to architecture). By the year 1000, artists depicted human figures climbing and trimming the leaves of intricate initials, as in this small religious service book. These seemingly playful elements represented the need to toil and prune one’s behaviors for mental, physical, and spiritual care.


Baking Bread the Roman Way
Honor Ceres, the goddess of wheat, with this ancient recipe

Although Ceres (Greek Demeter) was in charge of all agriculture, she is most famous as the goddess of wheat and other grains that made up 70 percent of the Roman diet. Her name gives us the word “cereal,” and one of her most important symbols was an ear of wheat. In late May before spring planting, Romans celebrated the festival of Ambarvalia (“Walking around the Fields”) and asked the goddess to help the seeds grow.


A Catering Assistant Plead Guilty to Stealing from Buckingham Palace and Selling the Items on eBay
The stolen goods included signed photographs, medals, and products from the palace gift shop.

Buckingham Palace catering assistant Adamo Canto pled guilty this week to siphoning off a “significant quantity” of items from the royal estate and attempting to re-sell the stolen goods on eBay.
Canto pled guilty at the Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Monday to three counts of theft that took place between November 11 2019 and August 7 2020, after police discovered the pilfered items in his quarters at the Royal Mews in Buckingham Palace. According to the BBC, the court was informed that Canto’s role at the Palace changed substantially during the pandemic to include more cleaning, which allowed him to enter offices and areas of the estate he otherwise wouldn’t have had access to. Prosecutor Simon Maughan said that 37 of the stolen goods, which are worth between £10,000 and £100,000, were resold on eBay for “well under” their true value, netting Canto a total of £7,741.


Advent, explained
Chocolate calendars, wreaths in church — the season is all about anticipation.

Most Christmas customs in the US share two characteristics. First, it’s usually hard to pin down their origins to a single source. And second, their roots almost always reach back to religious custom — Christmas being the second most important feast day (behind Easter) on the Christian calendar — but have since been adapted and, in some cases, scrubbed of religious content to make them more broadly palatable.
The celebration of Advent, whether with wreaths in church or calendars at home, is among these customs. On the one hand, it’s one of the major seasons celebrated by most Christian churches in the Western tradition: Roman Catholics, Anglicans, Episcopalians, Lutherans, and many additional Protestant churches mark the roughly month-long period with special observance.
But the word Advent comes from the Latin word for “arrival” — adventus — which means non-Christians can celebrate it simply as a fun countdown to Christmas. In that respect, it’s also become a marketing opportunity for retailers, mostly through Advent calendars, which have been around since the 19th century and have of late grown steadily more, shall we say, creative.


How to Make the Perfect Cookie Box
For years, Melissa Clark has been on a quest to make the most delicious cookie box to gift to loved ones, logging her triumphs and failures along the way. Here’s what she’s learned.

Eleven months out of the year, I make what would be considered an above average, but not excessive, number of cookies.
But come December, when I pretend my baking obsession is just an expression of seasonal glee, I give myself free rein. Around the holidays, I can legitimize a baking frenzy that, in June, would seem like the flour-dusted ravings of a gingerbread maniac.
While eating the cookies is part of the appeal, so is giving them away, packed by the dozen into tissue-paper-lined boxes. Off they go, to friends, neighbors, teachers, mail carriers — the list is as long as the shortbreads are buttery.







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