T LOunge for December 22, 2020

Posted on December 22, 2020

Mays Cocktail Bar and Restaurant – Guangzhou, China

Kittens, let’s get totally twisted! Today’s LOunge is a salute to 2020, in all its twisted and askew glory. Come sit for a while and ponder the unexpected turns of life.

Haha. Just kidding. Let’s drink and eat too much and forget about all that nonsense.

Today is TUESDAY. And kittens? We are scrambling.

We don’t want to go into too much of the particulars, in case certain family and/or friends are reading, but thanks to the gutting of the post office and another round of pandemic grocery panic-buying on the public’s part, a good deal of our Christmas giving plans are literally changing by the hour. Never have we tracked so many packages with such fervor. And we certainly never had to come up with homemade gifts on the fly with such limited ingredients. We have no doubt that all will be merry and bright in the end, but the next 48 hours are going to be quite the manic episode for us. Still, we keep telling ourselves that lowered expectations are what it’s all about this year and if we have to tape together some impromptu gifts, no one in our lives would be disappointed by the effort.

We should let you know here that we will be working through the holiday because it’s not like we’re going anywhere. We’ll have a podcast up tomorrow along with a Wonder Woman 1984 review, and we’ll continue posting fashiony bits and celebrity bits here and there pretty much non-stop to the end of the year. We’re gonna see this mother through to the bitter goddamn end and you all are coming with us.

 

How This Florist Created Her Own Wedding Bouquet
Her pro tip for those looking to follow her lead? First off, wedding flowers done at home are best when kept very simple and natural. “Using one or two varieties of something in season is so much chicer than anything overwrought,” she explains. “Just look at Grace Kelly’s bouquet! A little handful of Lily of the Valley, and it was stunning.”

 

Wonder Woman Director Patty Jenkins Doesn’t Know How Gal Gadot Does It Either
“When you get to see someone navigating [an intense life] with such grace and focus, you admire them.”

What has moved me the most is the variety of people Wonder Woman’s legacy touches. So many have shared stories with me of women who are struggling with illness and made Wonder Woman their personal inspiration. They’ll show me a picture of friends or relatives in a Wonder Woman T-shirt watching the movie to ramp up their energy to go at their disease again. Or someone who has a disability would tell me how they felt like her when they fought to overcome tremendous obstacles. Those stories mean a lot because that’s who Wonder Woman was to me when I was growing up.

 

Carey Mulligan on the Gray Areas of Consent and Hardest Parts of Filming Promising Young Woman
“This was not a villain story; this wasn’t a ‘men are bad’ story. It’s about all the gray areas.”

There’s actually nothing in the film that we haven’t seen in a comedy in the last 15 or 20 years. We’re just seeing it through a different lens. So all of this stuff — the really drunk girl getting taken advantage of — has also been in films that we’ve all looked at as just being very funny in the past. Those scenes obviously were handled really delicately and really well, but it is a reframing of something that we’ve all become completely comfortable with. Fortunately I’ve never experienced anything like this, but I know countless friends and stories of women who have. And we’re very aware of that.

 

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom Is A Vibrant, Devastating Work Of Art
The hardships, repressed frustration, and vulnerabilities that come with suffocating under systemic oppression are ever-present in the work of the late, great playwright August Wilson. He intimately understood the experience of Black Americans; the tone and cadence, the mannerisms and use of AAVE (African-American vernacular) in his plays specify that his theatrical experiences are meant for Black audiences. In Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, the third of Wilson’s works to be adapted for the screen, rhythm and blues are the vehicle through which our characters deal with daily exposure to white supremacy.

 

The Women Of The Mandalorian Season 2 Were The Real Stars Of The Show
Katee Sackhoff (Bo-Katan Kryze) and Mercedes Varnado (Koska Reeves) break down behind-the-scenes secrets.

Katee Sackhoff has been part of the Star Wars universe since 2017, but this year marks the first time she really got her hands dirty as Bo-Katan Kryze. Physically, that is.
The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels character is no stranger to a bit of rough and tumble—she’s a former member of the formidable Death Watch, a terrorist group hell-bent on making their native home of Mandalore a warrior nation once more. But up until The Mandalorian season 2, Sackhoff only ever voiced the fan-favorite character.

 

How Leonora Carrington Feminized Surrealism
When asked to describe the circumstances of her birth, the Surrealist painter and writer Leonora Carrington liked to tell people that she had not been born; she had been made. One melancholy day, her mother, bloated by chocolate truffles, oyster purée, and cold pheasant, feeling fat and listless and undesirable, had lain on top of a machine. The machine was a marvellous contraption, designed to extract hundreds of gallons of semen from animals—pigs, cockerels, stallions, urchins, bats, ducks—and, one can imagine, bring its user to the most spectacular orgasm, turning her whole sad, sick being inside out and upside down.

 

The Law Is Changing On Voyeurism – But Much More Needs To Be Done To Protect Women
The number of people reporting cases of non-consensual pornography has risen dramatically in the UK in the past year, with two thirds of these cases involving women. Maighna Nanu meets the women taking the voyeurism crisis to the courts.

When it comes down to women who have been recorded without their consent they are still questioned in a manner that is insensitive, Isaacs explains. “There are questions of ‘Why didn’t she know’, ‘How did she not know she was being filmed’ and questioning the truth in a lot of their stories.”
It is feared that lockdown may have exacerbated incidences of revenge porn with more than 2,000 reports made already in 2020, exceeding the number reported in the whole of 2019. A survey from domestic violence charity Refuge found that one in seven young women has received threats that intimate photographs of them will be shared without their consent.

 

Inside Viola Davis’s Swaggering Transformation Into Blues Icon Ma Rainey
From gold teeth and sponged-on sweat to a custom-made horsehair wig, here’s how Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’s hair and makeup teams helped shape Davis’s bravado performance.
Transformation is exciting in acting. It’s great to be in someone else’s skin—it just is,” Davis said in a last year, fresh off filming Ma Rainey, George C. Wolfe’s adaptation of the August Wilson play now on Netflix. Slipping into that extra girth was “extraordinary,” Davis said. “There’s a sense of confidence with her because she owned her sexuality—she was a bisexual woman—and she was a leader. She had her own band that she paid, and she was an entrepreneur in 1927, Jim Crow America.”

 

Makeup Tips for People Who Are Blind or Have Low Vision
Makeup artist Cailey Darling shares how she applies her makeup from start to finish, including tons of helpful tricks and easy-to-use tools.

I was 24, working as a medical records clerk and freelance makeup artist, when a small portion of my central vision seemed to disappear. My peripheral vision was fine, but centrally, I had blind spots, shimmering vision, streaks of lights, and dark spots. I figured it was one of the rare migraines with a visual aura that I had suffered from sporadically since I was 16. But when I woke up the next day, my central vision seemed worse; little did I know that I would spend the next nine months being poked and prodded before finally getting diagnosed with an untreatable, incurable eye condition called acute macular neuroretinopathy.
I stopped doing makeup on clients and myself for a full year. Soon after, though, the Instagram beauty community took form and I found myself reaching for makeup again. I was rusty, and the skills and techniques I had developed before did not translate to my new low-vision life. It took me a lot longer to complete a full face, and I knew that no client was going to sit through an eight-hour session that I would have to restart four times due to mistakes. But I had my face, the small collection of makeup I’d been using for my artistry kit, and I had Instagram — everything I needed to match, if not exceed, my skills when I was fully sighted. I’ve been visually impaired for eight years now, and I’ve been doing makeup on Instagram for nearly as long. These are some of my very best tips.

 

2 Armenian Manuscripts Join the Getty Collection
The rare additions include one by a sister and brother team

This recently acquired leaf from a 17th-century Armenian manuscript shows the Christian story of the miraculous arrival of the Christ child on earth. In the early 20th century, the leaf was cut out of its original book, likely by an art dealer. However, we are now able to reunite it with the parent volume and a second detached leaf, which have been in Getty’s collection since 1983, and gain a renewed understanding of the manuscript as a whole.
Along with an Armenian manuscript from the 16th century, this leaf arrived to the Getty manuscript department last winter as part of the department’s continued efforts to extend the bounds of the collection beyond western Europe. Together, these two new acquisitions bring Getty’s Armenian manuscripts collection to seven. They allow us to tell richer stories in our exhibitions and to present a more complete history of Armenian illumination.

 

The Highly Unlikely Yet Totally Predictable Return of Uggs
How Ugg learned to play the high-fashion game.

It started with Rihanna, as these things so often do. It was the halcyon days of 2018 and the pop singer and fashion icon wore a pair of Uggs to — where else? — the Coachella music festival.
Not your average pair, like the classic boots made famous by a Juicy Couture-clad Lindsay Lohan at the height of her Us Weekly fame in the early aughts. This pair was a collaboration with the Belgian Glenn Martens of the avant-garde label Y/Project, who exploded the ostentatiously unsexy style to Brobdingnagian proportions, yielding a version that was high-heeled, slouchy and reached well above mid-thigh.
A picture of Rihanna in the wader-like footwear amassed more than 3.3 million likes on Instagram, and even Vogue couldn’t resist their strange allure.

 

Five Kwanzaa Celebrations Around the Country
For many Black Americans, the holiday is a time for bonding, joy and repose. The Times visited five households to see how people cook and gather, engage and reflect.

Kwanzaa is more than an end-of-year display of deep orange and burnt burgundy Dutch wax-print fabrics, and righteous images of fruit bowls sitting near wooden cups. It’s an edifying lifestyle choice. “More people are starting to focus on who they are, and what they want their families to experience — empowering cultural stories that get our brains from up under the foot of oppression,” said Janine Bell, the president and artistic director of Elegba Folklore Society in Richmond, Va.

 

Wintry Scenes From a Swedish Wonderland
With his foreign assignments canceled for the year, a photographer refocuses on his homeland — and finds plenty to admire.

“For me, Sweden has always been a place to rest, relax and spend time with family. It’s rarely been a destination to explore in the ways that I do in

 

 

 

 

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