Il Foyer alla Scala Bar, Restaurant and Lounge – Milan, Italy
Today we’re opting for a place that’s cool, chic and oh-so-very Italian. Let’s all live the alta moda life today, darlings! Prosecco and Negronis for everyone!
Today is THURSDAY. You can smell the weekend from here if the wind is just right.
We have no news to report from our scintillating lives. We got a new electric kettle this week. We’re trying to transition from being all-day coffee drinkers to being part-time tea drinkers. We’ll see how this goes. Other than that, we’re just plugging away; trying to keep some form of exercise routine going and wondering what outside air smells like. Aw, we’re just kidding. It may feel like we’re locked in a fabulously appointed jail cell, but we have to admit, we’ve pretty much aced this whole lockdown thing. We don’t love it, and we desperately want it to be over, but we think we may be okay waiting it out for a few more months. It gets hard when other folks in our lives get their vaccines, though. More and more, our Zoom contacts feel like they’re slipping away into the so-called real world. We don’t hear much from people who aren’t on lockdown and we won’t deny that it gets to us sometimes. But that’s just the weirdness of the times we live in. We don’t think people are prepared for the state of their relationships, though. Friendships and family bonds have been tested or dissolved everywhere we turn and no one seems ready to realize that how we all acted during this time is going to have long-term effects on how the people in our lives see us going forward. One thing’s for sure: the next five years are gonna be banner ones for the therapy industry.
Anyway, we’re getting all serious and introspective on your asses and for that, we apologize. Talk amongst yourselves, darlings!
A Slice of Royal History Is for Sale as Mountbatten Treasures Go Up for Auction
The collection of 350 items includes everything from jewelry and furniture to paintings and books.
When it comes to dynasties, you don’t get much more quintessential than the Mountbattens. The family links go right to the heart of the current British royal family (Mountbatten-Windsor is, of course, the surname of the Queen’s descendants) with a bloodline that can be traced back to both Queen Victoria and the last Tsarina of Russia.
Jane Austen’s Novel, Persuasion, Will Be Adapted Into a Movie
Succession star Sarah Snook will lead the film, based on Austen’s final, complete work.
Jane Austen’s final, complete novel, Persuasion, is often overlooked in the Austen adaptation sphere. While it has previously been turned into British television movies and plays, it has yet to receive the star-powered fanfare of its contemporaries, namely Pride and Prejudice and Emma. That is, until now.
Persuasion is currently being adapted into a full feature, under the supervision of Searchlight Pictures. Keep reading for everything we know about the latest Austenian endeavor.
The Best 80s Trends Making a Comeback Now
Dust off those shoulder pads, the 80s are here again.
Each era comes with its own styles that epitomize the time period, but has there ever been a more-maligned decade than the 80s? The permed hair didn’t help, but those bold styles seem to have particularly left their mark. Forty years later, however, fashion has started digging back into their favorite vintage pieces to bring back wide-brimmed hats, power suits, scrunchies, and even the infamous shoulder pads. Love it or hate it, here are our favorite trends that revive those ’80s vibes for the 21st century.
Why I Separated My Indian Identity from My Hindu Identity
At a time when India’s right-wing politicians are trying to define India as a Hindu nation, and when America’s right-wing politicians are deeply invested in Islamophobia, it is more urgent than ever to separate our religious and ethnic identities.
The truth was I didn’t love being Hindu. But I loved being Indian American. While I was secure in my American identity, the Indian part was more complicated. I couldn’t speak Tamil, my mother tongue, nor did I know how to cook more than a handful of traditional dishes. I preferred Western movies to Indian ones, and although I followed Indian politics, I lived too far away to be truly involved. Hinduism was my only connection to India. At temple, I knew the words to the prayers, I knew the rituals, I knew their meanings, and so, I kept practicing, even though the older I got, the less I believed.
In Meadowy Prints, Memories of the Main Line
It was in seventh grade that I became smitten with Raab’s creations. The memory is vivid: French class on a gray November morning at the Baldwin School, a very affluent, very Waspy girls’ preparatory establishment in Bryn Mawr, where, that fall, I had earned a mild notoriety as one of the first two Black students. It was the half-day before Thanksgiving break, when we were allowed to abandon our dreary uniforms for street clothes, and the classroom was awash with jeunes filles suddenly en fleur—dressed in A-line skirts and pin-tucked blouses in an effulgent mass of pastel shades, with designs of tiny blossoms covering everything that wasn’t Shetland wool.
Tarot as a Tool for Our Times
“Given that so much of what we’re in as a collective right now does feel so new, so unprecedented—climate catastrophe, late-stage capitalism, attention harvesting—I think we are all feeling a bit like lost children without elders or teachers to guide us,” says Dore. “So many of us are actively imagining and building new realities, but that doesn’t mean we don’t still need something with the energy of a grandmother to hold us. I think tarot, and many other practices that work in the language of symbol and archetype, have that. And I think as long as we are open to them, these things will continue to give us secrets about a way forward.”
Cloris Leachman, Sitcom Standout and Oscar Winner, Dies at 94
Leachman was born on April 30, 1926, in Des Moines, Iowa, the oldest of three sisters. Her father owned a lumber company. “We lived in the country,” she said. “We didn’t have any money back then during the Great Depression. Mama was still very imaginative without any money. She’d buy cheap material and we had curtains and clothes and dresses and tablecloths all of the same cloth and pattern.”
While attending Northwestern, where she studied drama (and was good friends with Rae and another future actor, Paul Lynde), she competed as Miss Chicago in the 1946 Miss America pageant and finished among the 16 finalists. She used her winnings to move to New York to attend the Actors Studio and study with Elia Kazan.
France Passes Law to Preserve the Sounds and Smells of the Countryside
Complaints aside, the French Senate deemed loud roosters, pungent horse manure, and the like official parts of the country’s rural “sensory heritage.”
French senators unanimously passed a law to protect the “sensory heritage” of the French countryside, including its sounds and smells. That means sounds, including those from cow bells, grasshoppers, and even tractors doing their work in the early mornings, as well as the smells they may generate, won’t be able to be challenged in the courts. “These sounds and smells are now part of the common heritage of the nation,” the bill stated.
New Romeo & Juliet Movie, Starring The Crown‘s Josh O’Connor, Set for PBS
Chernobyl‘s Jessie Buckley will star opposite O’Connor in the made-for-television production from UK’s National Theatre.
Before the ongoing pandemic brought public performances to a halt, Josh O’Connor—best known to Town & Country readers as The Crown’s Prince Charles—was set to lead a UK National Theatre production of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, opposite Chernobyl’s Jessie Buckley. Now, the play has been reconceived as a TV movie, the first original production for the screen to be filmed in the theater’s South Bank home.
A Roast Chicken Perfected Over Generations
The fashion designer Peter Som’s most cherished family recipe has only gotten better with time.
When the fashion designer Peter Som was growing up in Mill Valley, Calif., his mother insisted that he learn to cook at least one meal before leaving for college. Thus, she taught him and his older sister to make one of her go-to dishes — a pared-down, crisp-skinned roast chicken, smothered in freshly ground Chinese five-spice powder (a blend of star anise, cloves, cinnamon, Sichuan pepper and fennel seeds) and served simply with steamed rice and a side of vegetables. On Sundays, either Som or his older sister would be tasked with preparing dinner — quite often the roast chicken — for the family, an arrangement that gave them an opportunity to hone their skills and gave their mother a night off. The dish became a nostalgic comfort food for Som not so much during college, but afterward, when he moved to New York.
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