T LOunge for January 14, 2021

Posted on January 14, 2021

Argot Cocktail Bar – Rome, Italy


Darlings, as you can plainly see, we’re still in bunker mentality mode ’round these parts. But that’s good news for you because we have exquisite taste in bunkers! Grab a comfy seat and commence hunkering down, far from the sights and sounds of the scary world outside. All your best Bitter Kitten pals are here and the bar will never close.

Oh. It’s Thursday, by the way. Home stretch.

We are pleased to announce that our brand new (as of October) nine-foot Christmas tree has been packed (more like shoved) away. We bought this thing knowing full well we didn’t have room to store it, but crafty queens get the job done and now segments of it are hidden all over our loft. We have discovered that we would be shockingly good at hiding a body should the need arise. We refuse to have post-holiday grumpiness, however. There’s just not enough room, what with all the stress and anxiety taking up space.

Anyway, that’s our morning word-spew. Feel free to spew some words of your own! Or you can just pick through our sampling of distractions for the day. We won’t judge. Not much, anyway.


Meet the Designer Behind the Most Joyful Cushions on Instagram
Paboy Bojang was 13 years old when he began working at his uncle’s tailoring shop in the Gambia, where he learned to sew. After his uncle migrated to Europe, leaving Bojang to maintain the shop, Bojang had no choice but to take on the role as principal breadwinner as school was not an option. He developed a unique eye for choosing fabrics and colors which has, this year, become the backbone of his home goods company.


Why Kansas Representative Christina Haswood Wore Regalia While Being Sworn In
For the historic moment, Haswood knew she wanted to use her swearing-in ceremony this week to highlight her culture. So, she took her oath wearing traditional Diné regalia, which included moccasins, a velveteen skirt, and a red blouse with silver embellishments that was made by herself, her mother, and her partner. “I wanted to honor my ancestors and all their sacrifices for me to be here and in this job. I wanted to honor my family, who has taught me how to be a strong, young, Diné woman while growing up in Lawrence, Kansas.”


Audrey Cracks The Myth Of Perfection
“Success is very much in the eye of the beholder,” Hepburn says in the film, her words culled from interviews and media appearances throughout her lifetime. It’s an intimate detail nestled at the center of a 100-minute narrative about the woman behind the celebrity, someone whose image of herself was much less complex than how others perceived her. Featuring commentary from fellow actors and filmmakers including Richard Dreyfuss and Peter Bogdanovich, as well as family and close friends who examine her influence in fashion and cinema, Audrey primarily tells Hepburn’s story in her own words—and they’re often in contrast to her legacy.


Insecure Season 5 Is Definitely Happening—Here’s What We Know
Where do Issa and Molly (and Issa and Lawrence) go next after the Season 4 finale?

Insecure offered some much-needed pleasures in 2020. But with its 10-episode fourth season now drawn to a close, the Emmy-nominated HBO series from Issa Rae and Larry Wilmore will be dearly missed. What’s to come next of Issa and Molly’s friendship, or Issa and Lawrence’s love after that bombshell reveal? We may have to wait until Season 5 to find out.


Introducing: The Most Daring Color Palettes for Spring Weddings
We turn to floral It boys—and best-selling authors—Putnam & Putnam for the top ways to play with color when designing weddings this spring.

Curating your wedding’s decor, tablescape, and overall design aesthetic starts, first and foremost, with color. And in the world of weddings, there has never been a better time to be bold, vibrant, and daring; rather than approaching your design with a color palette of two to three hues, consider also all the shades and tones of those hues. Include neutrals instinctually, organically, and as needed, but remember, adding an unexpected pop will keep your decor from feeling expected while keeping your guests’ eyes enticed. Bottom line: Limited color palettes create atmospheres that feel like theme parties, and a two-dimensional color palette can easily feel dated. So don’t limit yourself.


Where to Shop for Vintage Clothing in New York City
Support local businesses, save the planet, and look super chic, all at once.

Some say New York City is all about the food. Some say it’s about the art and culture. And most say it’s all about the people. But what about its vintage shops? The vintage shops of New York each have their own personality, and it is a pleasure getting to know all of them.
Often locally owned neighborhood staples, New York’s vintage shops offer natives, transplants, and tourists alike the opportunity to indulge their creativity, sense of style, and sense of community. Plus, vintage is sustainable and one-of-a-kind, two things the fashion community is valuing more and more.


Did you know that 18th-century pastel artists had to weave together multiple pieces of paper to create portraits as large as oil paintings on canvas?
When eighteenth-century pastellists competed with oil painters for portrait commissions, they faced a challenge: to create pastels on paper as large as paintings on canvas, they had to join together multiple sheets. Piecing them together and disguising the seams led to new techniques and opportunities for image manipulation.


U.S. to Require Negative Virus Tests From International Air Passengers
Before they board planes to the U.S., passengers will have to produce proof that they are not infected or have recently recovered.

The new policy requires all air passengers, regardless of vaccination status, to get a test for current infection within the three days before their flight to the United States departs, and to provide written documentation of their test results or proof of having recovered from Covid-19.


Lady Gaga to Sing National Anthem for Biden-Harris Inauguration
The Biden-Harris inaugural committee confirmed to Variety that Gaga is on board to perform “The Star Spangled Banner” for the swearing-in ceremony, which typically begins around 11:30 a.m. ET on the West front of the U.S. Capitol. Also on deck for the ceremony: Jennifer Lopez will perform. There’s also a primetime network special that night hosted by Tom Hanks.


45,000-Year-Old Pig Painting in Indonesia May Be Oldest Known Animal Art
Ice Age cave painters flourished in Southeast Asia, where their work adorned rock walls

A prehistoric artist’s realistic portrayal of a wild pig, warts and all, might just be the oldest known example of a painting that depicts the animal world.
Four years ago, scientists came upon the purplish pig adorning the walls of a cave hidden in a highland valley on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. They now estimate that it was painted a staggering 45,500 years ago. If that date is correct, the find in Leang Tedongnge cave could represent the earliest known example of figurative art, which is created when painters illustrate objects from the real world rather than simply abstract patterns and designs.


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