T LOunge for December 3, 2020

Posted on December 03, 2020

The Fleur Room Bar and Lounge – NYC, USA


Let’s all shoot for “sparkling urban sophistication” today! Or at least, let’s sit somewhere that makes us feel that way. Don’t worry; you don’t have to get dressed up or wonder if you’re trendy enough. Show up in your sweatpants or show up in your best dress. All are welcome and the drinks are free.

Today is THURSDAY. We’re not quite sure how that happened.

We are on week three of our passed-back-and-forth bug which is definitely not COVID but still very annoying. As a childless couple who works together from home, we’ve long had an issue with not building up immunity to basic bugs that go around – especially if they originate in a middle school or daycare setting. Literally every January for a 15-year period when our nieces and nephews were school age was characterized by us passing whatever school bug we picked up from seeing them over Christmas. Those little shits. We still tell them every Christmas that they’re cut out of the will for the hell they put us through when they were little. In other news, every garland, light strand and wreath is hung, the tree is topped off, and our place looks Yuletide-fab. It hurts that we’re not going to have any company this year, but we think we might shoot a house tour video, send it off to friends and fam, and ask them to do the same. There’s nothing we love more than seeing how our peeps decorate their own places this time of year.

So how’s your holidaying going – if it’s going at all?


The Piece Nicole Kidman Held On To From Her ‘The Undoing’ Wardrobe
Danish designer Rebecca Elbek was tasked with curating the glistening contents of Grace Fraser’s jewellery box.

Each piece was hand-picked by costume designer Signe Sejlund, who was introduced to Rebecca by a friend. The interaction was relatively straightforward: Sejlund described Grace Fraser’s Upper East Side persona, then Elbek showed her some jewellery designs. After months of waiting, the women had the seal of approval from both the show’s director Susanne Bier and Nicole herself, who tried the jewels during a fitting in New York.


This Charming Man: Why We’re Wild About Harry Styles
Variety’s Grammy-nominated Hitmaker of the Year goes deep on the music industry, the great pause and finding his own muses.

He shows no regret, however, when it comes to stylistic choices overall, and takes pride in his gender-agnostic portfolio, which includes wearing a Gucci dress on that Vogue cover— an image that incited conservative pundit Candace Owens to plead publicly to “bring back manly men.” In Styles’ view: “To not wear [something] because it’s females’ clothing, you shut out a whole world of great clothes. And I think what’s exciting about right now is you can wear what you like. It doesn’t have to be X or Y. Those lines are becoming more and more blurred.”


It’s been decades since Diana’s battle with bulimia, but society still isn’t handling it properly
Why are so many being turned away for treatment?

While people like me are grateful to The Crown for bringing this torturous illness to the fore and refusing to gloss over something which devastates so many lives, it’s heartbreaking to wonder: since Diana first began suffering with bulimia in 1981, how much has really changed? Just like Diana did, people are still suffering in silence – many for an entire decade or more – smothered by the societal stigma of eating disorders and mental health. And if they do conjure up the immense courage to ask for help, they rarely receive it. Until there is urgent reform in the way we view and treat eating disorders, people will continue to carry the burden of bulimia on their own. Just like Diana did all those years ago.


“Everywhere I Went, They Went With Me, Because They Were on My Phone”: Inside the Always Online, All-Consuming World of Twin Flames Universe
Before we all spent our days on Zoom, the spiritual community used the power of its Facebook group and webcams to spread a gospel of eternal love—and build its founders’ business along the way. Is it a cult that has manipulated some members’ understandings of their own genders, as ex-followers allege, or the outermost extremes of influencing


The 12 Days of Christmas: The story behind the holiday’s most annoying carol
It might seem unbelievable given that the “Christmas creep” now begins before Halloween, but the true Christmas season actually starts on Christmas Day itself. That’s right: December 25 marks the official start of the 12 days of Christmas, the Christian tradition that shares its name with a relentlessly stick-in-your-head Christmas carol.


How millennials became the burnout generation
Author Anne Helen Petersen on why millennials have internalized the worst parts of their condition.

That’s how Anne Helen Petersen, author of Can’t Even: How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation, describes the plight of most millennials in America. We’re a generation that has never quite been able to find any stability, economic or otherwise. And it’s not just because we’ve endured two financial crises (the Great Recession and now the coronavirus), though that’s obviously part of it. It’s because the world we’ve inherited set us up for burnout.


An Introduction to the Rothschild Pentateuch, an Illuminated Hebrew Masterpiece
Seven centuries of the Rothschild Pentateuch’s history chart the story of the Jewish diaspora

Created by an unknown artist in the thirteenth century, the manuscript contains the text of the Torah in Hebrew and a translation into Aramaic as well as commentaries, including one by the famed medieval scholar Rashi. The texts are accompanied by lively decorative motifs, hybrid animals and humanoid figures, and astonishing examples of micrography—virtuosic displays of tiny calligraphy in elaborate patterns and designs.
With a seemingly endless variety of marginalia over more than 1,000 pages, ranging from the imposing to the whimsical, the Pentateuch is one of the most extensive illuminated programs of any Ashkenazi Hebrew Bible to survive from the High Middle Ages.


The Scent of Love: Ancient Perfumes
How to make your own perfumes just like the ancient Greeks and Romans did

The goddess of love, beauty, and desire, Aphrodite was also a mistress of the seductive arts, perfume primary among them. Accustomed as we are to the aromas of car exhaust and air-conditioned buildings, to us the ancient world would perhaps be most overpowering in terms of smell. Sweating men and animals and their waste filled a city’s streets, making it vital to set off sacred spaces as well as those of luxury by making them smell sweet. Fragrance was everywhere in the ancient world, from scented oils used to adorn the body to incense burnt in homes and temples.


I Want to Live in the Reality of ‘The Queen’s Gambit’
It’s no accident that this year’s most popular fairy tale is about a woman celebrated for her genius.

“The Queen’s Gambit” was watched by 62 million households in its first four weeks, according to Netflix — almost as many as the record-breaking “Tiger King” — and developed a fanatical following. People tweeted their drawings and paintings and Animal Crossing renderings of Taylor-Joy. They announced they were taking up chess again. Sales of chess-related merchandise soared. Everybody loves a story of transformation: about an underdog who triumphs over adversity, a girl who is mocked for her shoes and then becomes a stylish swan. But we apparently really love a story of affirmation: a world in which a girl can move freely, in control, and be respected for her strategy and skill; in which a female character succeeds in a man’s world without being harassed, assaulted, abused, ignored, dismissed, sidelined, robbed or forgotten. This story is so vanishingly rare in the real world that it comes across as utopian in fiction. “The Queen’s Gambit” is a fantasy, and one we rarely see depicted — the fantasy of a functioning meritocracy for women, in which they are free to do what they want.


Sixty-two Films That Shaped the Art of Documentary Filmmaking
The idea of what a documentary is has shifted according to what has—and hasn’t—been possible during the past hundred years. But the artistic preoccupations of their creators have not changed radically in that time.





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