T LOunge for December 29, 2020

Posted on December 29, 2020

Clockwork Champagne & Cocktail Bar – Toronto, Canada


Darlings, perhaps we should have saved this LOunge for later in the week, since it feels like the perfect place to spend New Year’s Eve (what with the prominent clock and the whole “Champagne bar” thing), but it’s such an inviting little space that we felt drawn to it as soon as we saw it and simply had to take a seat immediately, probably because we’re eager to get this year over with. Grab a place to plant your ass, get the Champagne flowing, and start counting down the hours remaining in this hellyear.

We’re debating whether to order a boxed meal from one of the nicer restaurants in our area or just foregoing the hassle and expense and just ordering a pizza for New Year’s Eve. On the one hand, we’ve had our share of rich food in the last few days. On the other hand, we’ve had so many pizzas in 2020 that we may actually have reached our limit for a while. Decisions, decisions.

What are you guys doing for New Year’s Eve? We realize that question sounds almost hilariously absurd this year, but are you trying to do anything to make it special or are you coming to the conclusion that it’s too much trouble?


How TikTok Changed Fashion This Year
Whether you’re on TikTok or not, the app and its minute-long videos have become inescapable this year. Despite the possibility of being banned in the U.S. earlier this year, TikTok persevered, and now has over 100 million users in the U.S. alone. Though it’s primarily associated with teens, it’s impact on the fashion industry is already well underway. Trendsetters like Bella Hadid are now posting on TikTok, labels including Saint Laurent and Louis Vuitton are live-streaming their fashion shows on it, and designers, models, and other talent are even being discovered through the creative TikTok videos they post.


The 26 Best Memes of 2020
Maybe we really were the virus all along.

From the deadliest pandemic in the last century, to some of the worst wildfires of all time, to violent political polarization, to the loss of several of our most beloved celebrities—not to mention, those pesky murder hornets!—2020 has been a difficult year, to say the very least. Still, in a shockingly impressive show of optimism and solidarity, people around the world continued to locate the silver linings among all of those very dark storm clouds, in the form of new virtual friendships, stronger social and political participation, and, of course, an abundance of memes.


Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Turn Archie’s Iconic Beanie Into a Force for Good
Remember this time last year, when Meghan Markle and Prince Harry released an Instagram video reflecting on 2019—and delivered us the iconic image of Harry holding baby Archie, both wrapped up in beanies?
It turns out Archie’s adorable bobble beanie was the work of New Zealand social enterprise Make Give Live, as People reports, which sees community crafters gather to knit beanies. And the organization operates a “buy one, give one” policy, meaning that for every beanie sold, another is donated to a person in need in New Zealand.


Maverick French designer Pierre Cardin dies at 98
Pierre Cardin, the French designer whose famous name embossed everything from wristwatches to bedsheets after his iconic Space Age styles shot him into the fashion stratosphere in the 1960s, has died, the French Academy of Fine Arts said Tuesday. He was 98.
A licensing maverick, Cardin’s name went on thousands of products and in the brand’s heyday in the 1970s and ’80s, while goods bearing his fancy cursive signature were sold at some 100,000 outlets worldwide.


The 8 Breakout Haircut Trends of 2021, According to Top Stylists
New year, new hair.

While we might be focusing on what’s ahead, 2021’s most popular haircuts will have us all revisiting the past. And if next year’s hair trends are any indication, the ’70s are back, baby. Think heavily-layered shags, curtain bangs, and even mullets.
For anyone not feeling the retro vibes, low-maintenance cuts like blunt ends with minimal layers are great options that will hold up for months — especially if you’re looking to keep your salon visits minimal due to fluctuating COVID-19 restrictions.


Name that Regency tune: Hear all the pop covers featured in Bridgerton
Bridgerton promised us it wouldn’t be our grandmother’s period piece. And that extends to its score.
Maybe you’re sitting there, snuggled cozy on Christmas, watching Daphne (Phoebe Dyvenor) and Simon (Regé-Jean Page) pretend to be courting while secretly falling in love dancing at some glittering Regency ball, and you think to yourself, “Hey, I know that song!” It’s far from the more traditional English country dance waltzes we’re used to hearing in historical dramas.


Processing an Impossible Year Through Art
An exhibition by Nigerian artist Nengi Omuku helped me to reconsider why and how we gather.

Over the past nine months, many of us have found ourselves at some point either isolating alone for two weeks or longer, on lockdown unable to engage with our regular communities, or, most tragically, saying goodbye remotely to friends and family. It’s been both challenging and exhausting to try to process all the daily changes in our lives and in how our bodies are learning to relate to one another. I’ve found myself wondering if one by-product of this unprecedented and shocking year—one both devastating and illuminating—has been to call us all to reconsider how we gather for solidarity, for communal well-being across racial and socioeconomic boundaries, and how the way we gather can ultimately honor our collective humanity. The new work of Nigerian artist Nengi Omuku explores some of these themes and offers meditative space for us to dwell longer on them.


Emerald Fennell Breaks Down That Promising Young Woman Ending
“It was the only ending that felt real to me,” the director and writer says. [Spoilerish]

“I grew up with that behavior being completely normal—incredibly drunk girls being taken home, and it being a gag. The walk of shame, not knowing who you slept with the night before, it was accepted and part of raunch culture. In which case, if this is something that society says isn’t bad, then why would the man mind if it turned out that the woman he thought was blackout drunk actually wasn’t drunk? Because by society’s logic, he would have done nothing wrong, right? So why would he be spooked or surprised or freaked out?
That seemed like a great lesson to start the film out with. Cassie is saying, “Do you see this thing? If you see it, and acknowledge it, and apologize, then no harm done. If you don’t see it, you get punished.” She’s teaching a lesson. And if you’re on a reckless, addictive cycle of wanting to release tension, that seemed to me like quite a plausible thing.”


Bridgerton’s Nicola Coughlan Loves a Good Piece of Gossip
The actress opens up about Netflix’s juicy new series. [Spoilerish]

“I think we’re in a really exciting period of making art right now, in that we’re going back and telling stories that haven’t yet been told and women’s stories that have been neglected. And, yes, Bridgerton is a fantasy and these women … It’s hard to know. Are they more outspoken? There’s definitely this feminist narrative, but I think there was something sort of sad. Claudia and I used to say it all the time that Penelope and Eloise, had they lived nowadays, what could they have done? They were property of their fathers until they were property of their husbands. It’s really sad for them. But then, we’re looking at it from a Western view, and that’s still a reality in a lot of the world. There’s still a lot of women that don’t have that choice.”


Congress Just Approved New Smithsonian Museums for Latinx and Women’s History
The National Museum of the American Latino Act and Smithsonian Women’s History Museum Act were included in the $900 billion coronavirus relief package.

New Jersey senator Bob Menendez, a Democrat, said in a statement, “We have overcome tremendous obstacles and unbelievable hurdles to get to this historic moment, but, as I’ve said before, Latinos are used to overcoming obstacles. Passage of the National Museum of the American Latino is the culmination of decades of hard work, advocacy, successes and set-backs in the movement to recognize Latino contributions to America’s history, economy and culture. With this vote, Latinos and Latinas across our nation will finally have their stories, struggles, and impact on our country validated by the United States Congress.”


Wonder Woman 1984 Director Patty Jenkins In Conversation with Lynda Carter
The filmmaker and TV’s original Wonder Woman talk about glamour, girl power, and Gal Gadot.

Linda Carter – I will tell you something a little more self-deprecating. After the first episode of Wonder Woman, when the big pilot aired, I proceeded to march myself out to a big Mexican restaurant in the Valley. And I just walked in expecting everyone to recognize me—and no one did. I said, “Did you watch TV last night?” “No.” “Don’t you recognize me?” “No.” I was so disappointed.


The Biggest Royal Moments of 2020
From Harry and Meghan moving to L.A. to Prince Charles testing positive for COVID-19.

This year has been difficult for everyone—members of the British royal family included. From Harry and Meghan’s unprecedented move to L.A. to an intimate, socially-distanced wedding in Windsor, here are the biggest royal moments of 2020.


Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Life Was Immortalized in Little House Books—But That Was Only Part of the Story
The director of the upcoming American Masters documentary about Wilder discusses the author’s life, work, and legacy.

If, like so many Americans, you read the Little House on the Prairie series as a child, you probably think you know Laura Ingalls Wilder. The semi-autobiographical books did, after all, pull from Wilder’s own experiences as a young girl growing up in a pioneer family, moving ever farther westward.
But a new American Masters documentary on the children’s author reveals what the books left out: a far more circuitous path “West,” how Wilder’s daughter helped write the novels, and more. It also probes Wilder’s part in forging the ideal of rugged individualism—despite how her own family benefited from government assistance—and her racist depictions of Native Americans in the Little House series.


A Lifetime of Lessons in “Mrs. Dalloway”
For me, “Mrs. Dalloway” is such a book, one to which I have mapped the twists and turns of my own autobiography over the years. Each time, I have found shocks of recognition on the page, but they are always new ones, never the ones I was remembering. Instead, some forgotten facet of the story comes to light, and the feeling is always that of having blurred past something that was right in front of me.


Hilaria Baldwin’s Spanish accent and suspect origin story, explained
Hilaria Baldwin, a.k.a. Hillary Hayward-Thomas Baldwin, has come under fire for allegedly fibbing a Spanish accent.

I’m not entirely sure I’d ever consciously thought about Hilaria Baldwin until this week. She occupies a level of fame slightly above social influencer but below TV actress. A podcaster and a former yoga instructor, she’s best known as the glamorous, mysterious woman to whom Alec Baldwin is married. I suppose I assumed she must be foreign; “Hilaria” sounds too breathy to be American.
Recently, though, I learned, along with the rest of the world, that the Hilaria Baldwin I barely knew is actually an aspirational European illusion created by a Bostonian named Hillary Hayward-Thomas.



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