Primo’s Bar – New York City, USA
Welcome to the first T LOunge of 2021, darlings! Let the Roaring Twenties recommence! We were going to make some sort of snarky remark about how everything’s better now that it’s 2021 and all of our problems have been solved, but you know what? It IS good to turn our backs on that hellyear and embrace the new! Does that mean everything will be better? Of course not! It just means that everything will NOT be happening in 2020 and frankly, that’s enough to get us out of bed. For now.
Today is MONDAY. More’s the pity.
We will scramble in our usual manner to find frivolities and distractions for you today, but the pickins are usually tragically slim during this week. Just as you and we and everyone you know is trying to get back into the work cycle and mimic some form of productivity, so too is the culture. Our big frivolous dilemma of the week revolves around the question of when to take down our holiday decorations, which, if you’ve been following us on Instagram, you’ll know are quite extensive. This is normally the week we take everything down, but since nothing feels normal at the moment, we’re inclined to keep everything up. We put our tree up about two weeks earlier than we normally do and joked at the time that we weren’t taking it down until the inauguration. It looks like we might just stick to that plan.
So! How was your holidaying? What are your resolutions? Do you have any cookies left? Could you send some to us? Because we ran out about 5 days ago and we’re jonesing.
Pat McGrath Is the First Makeup Artist to Be Named a Dame
The Queen’s annual list of New Years Honors was released, naming the figures across British society and culture who would receive the crown’s highest accolades for their services to the country. And for fashion and beauty obsessives, there was one name above all others which stuck out: the newly-minted Dame Pat McGrath, who becomes the first makeup artist ever to receive a damehood. The legendary beauty maverick and entrepreneur is widely regarded as among the most influential figures in beauty and fashion, noted for her long-standing collaboration with photographer Steven Meisel which has produced some of the most iconic fashion imagery of all time, as well as her work on the runway for the likes of John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, Marc Jacobs, and Miuccia Prada.
Phoebe Dynevor Had Been Dreaming of a Project Like Bridgerton
The actress talks working on a Shonda Rhimes project, building chemistry with Regé-Jean Page, and her hopes for a possible second season
Phoebe Dynevor grew up with period dramas. A longtime Jane Austen fan, the 25-year-old British actress has a share of BBC period pieces on her résumé, including an adaptation of The Three Musketeers and a series based on Charles Dickens’s works. But she had always dreamed of a project set in the Regency. “I think I really specifically wanted to do the Regency era, and to be able to do high-society Regency era is even more amazing, because it’s just so lavish compared to your Pride and Prejudice or your Sense and Sensibility.”
Outlander Season 6: Everything We Know So Far
The sexy time-travel drama has already been renewed for a sixth chapter.
Season 6 will be, at least loosely, based on Diana Gabaldon’s sixth book in the Outlander series: A Breath of Snow and Ashes.
Prior to season five, each season of Outlander has been loosely based on one book. But season five has covered storylines from both The Fiery Cross and A Breath of Snow and Ashes.
Who Was the Real Holly Golightly?
Many women inspired Truman Capote’s immortal character, from Gloria Vanderbilt to Marilyn Monroe.
When the London residing hostess, Marguerite Littman, died late this year, she left behind a storied life filled with acquaintances both notable and quotable. However, most tributes farewelled her with the curious send-off that she had been the inspiration for Holly Golightly in Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
Littman may be the last of the would-be Holly’s, but, in fact, she has a few sisters who can also lay claim to the Golightly name. Starting as early as the novella’s 1958 publication, “half the women he knew and a few he did not claimed to be the model for his wacky heroine,” biographer Gerald Clarke wrote in his definitive biography of the author.
25 Of The Best New Movies Coming In 2021, From ‘Promising Young Woman’ To ‘White Tiger’
Get the popcorn ready.
2020 was not what we thought. Plans were cancelled, holidays and weddings rescheduled, and orders to stay at home and for businesses to temporarily close their doors were made.
Sadly, this included cinemas too – some of which are still struggling due to the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic. Many of our cinemas were hit two-fold, firstly at having to close their doors, and secondly because many big movies slated for release in 2020 were ultimately postponed in order to deliver a cinematic release at a later date.
What this does mean, however, is that hopefully a lot of these films will be released next year in 2021 when, though the news about Covid-19 remains gloomy, the advance of a vaccine, hospitals having a better understanding of the devastating virus and businesses finding new ways to work within the restrictions will hopefully mean cinemas can show the films and more people can enjoy them.
The US is getting an official women’s history museum
The Smithsonian Women’s History Act will establish a women’s history museum on the National Mall. Supporters say it’s long overdue.
It has gotten less attention than expanded unemployment insurance or the battle over stimulus checks, but tucked into the year-end legislation passed by Congress last week was a provision that could change the way the United States commemorates its history.
The legislation included the Smithsonian Women’s History Act, the culmination of a years-long effort to establish a women’s history museum in Washington, DC. Backed by Democrats like Rep. Carolyn Maloney of New York and Republicans like Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, the act authorizes the creation of the museum on the National Mall, funded by a combination of federal and private money.
“For too long, women’s stories have been left out of the telling of our nation’s history, but with this vote, we begin to rectify that,” Maloney said in a statement last week.
Meatless meat is going mainstream. Now Big Food wants in.
Companies are pledging to sell you more plant-based meat and dairy to fight climate change (and cash in on a growing trend).
Once a niche sector reserved for vegetarians, plant-based food has crept into the mainstream over the past few years. The percentage of vegetarians and vegans has remained low — about 5 percent and 3 percent respectively — but the number of “flexitarians,” people who often turn to plant-based foods instead of animal products, seems to be rising. (There is no standard measure of how much or how little meat is included in such diets, however.)
Playing the ‘Green Lottery’: Life Inside Colombia’s Emerald Mines
For many of the men who hunt for the country’s prized gems, the mines are like casinos in the middle of the Andes: One stone could change it all.
It’s Not That Hard to Buy Nothing
Some people re-evaluated their relationship to things in 2020. Here’s what they learned.
Elizabeth Chai decided she would not buy anything in 2020, with the exception of food, coffee, toiletries (if she ran out of something essential) and the occasional service like a haircut. She would resist the urge to add to her wardrobe or to buy anything material for her home. She would fix things or borrow them instead of purchasing new ones, and she would get rid of stuff she already had; 2,020 items sold, donated or tossed was her goal.
An Introduction to the Bestiary, Book of Beasts in the Medieval World
The bestiary—the medieval book of beasts—was among the most popular illuminated texts in northern Europe during the Middle Ages (about 500–1500). Medieval Christians understood every element of the world as a manifestation of God, and bestiaries largely focused on each animal’s religious meaning. The book brought creatures both real and fantastic to life before the reader’s eyes, offering Christian inspiration as well as entertainment.
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