T LOunge for January 6, 2021

Posted on January 06, 2021

Fattoush Bar – Haifa, Israel

 

Well now this looks like a place for a celebration, wouldn’t you say? How about we clear some of these tables out of the way, turn up the music and get a little dance party going?

Today is WEDNESDAY. A glorious day in the eyes of T Lo.

No news to report on the T Lo front. We’re trying to cultivate (or re-cultivate) healthier habits this year after spending ten months inside, at our desks. All things considered, we’ve managed to stay relatively active, but somewhere around the end of October, the stress got to us and we gave into some bad habits. It didn’t help that Tom decided to stress-bake his way through the holidays. When we tell you we ate a lot of cookies over the last few weeks, try to imagine a number and then triple it. Experience tells us that feeling peckish and cranky because of sugar withdrawal is still better than feeling sluggish and sedentary, but we have to keep reminding ourselves of that. While we’re dutifully eating our oatmeal and downing our smoothies, talk amongst yourselves.

Or dance. We just feel celebratory for some reason.

 

Asking for a Friend: Should I Even Bother With a New Year’s Resolution?
Personally, I’ve never been a big fan of New Year’s resolutions—I tend to see them as an excuse to go absolutely hog wild before January 1, which generally leads to me greeting the new year hungover, bloated, and exhausted—but I can’t help feeling a bone-deep desire to do something to set this year apart from the last. Is there a way to delineate and set goals around the unknowable contents of 2021 without setting myself up to fail?

 

Allow Gwen Stefani to Reintroduce Herself
Sometimes I can see my style, especially right now because it feels like there’s a 1990s nostalgia in terms of fashion. I have a 14-year-old son, so he had a lot to do with me reinvestigating myself and taking me back to when I discovered ska music. It’s weird how time can go so quickly, especially when you’re a mother of three boys—I went from that horrible time in my life [her 2015 divorce from Rossdale], and that was when I wrote that last record. My life was falling apart. [Writing the 2016 album] wasn’t to do with anything other than saving my own life. That’s a completely different place to be. Then halfway through [recording], I fall in love with this cowboy guy—like, what the hell?”

 

Inside the Royal Family’s Secret Code-Word System
Because of COURSE they have a secret language.

It’s fair to say that when you’re part of the Royal Family, things are done a little differently. And even death is no exception.
So you won’t be shocked to learn that each senior member has an assigned code name for when the eventual does happen, and the news needs to be broken between household members, family and the military before it becomes public knowledge.
When you’re as major as the Queen, your funeral is also planned way before you die. Or in Her Majesty’s case, 60 years and counting. Yep, Queen Elizabeth II has had her funeral laid out since the 1960s, and there’s even several dress rehearsals every year to make sure everything runs smoothly when the time comes. How cheery.

 

Analyzing Black Pop Culture Got Me Through 2020
With the help of two new podcasts, I connected to Black art this year in a way I never have before.

Black pop culture has kept me sane through the trash fire that has been this year. I don’t care if it seems frivolous amidst an ongoing global crisis—it brings me joy. In these times when I can’t see my family and friends in person, I find relaxation in revisiting a classic or obsessing over a new form of art. I process my feelings as I watch and listen, and giving Black pop culture attention—through appreciation or critique—reinforces that Black stories and Black life are important. Now more than ever, I need depictions of Black joy and strength to remind me that my life matters and people like me deserve the world.

 

Tiffany & Co. Reimagines 1939 With A New Acquisition: An 80-Carat Diamond
It is expected to be the most expensive diamond ever offered by Tiffany & Co.

It’s crystal clear that the opulence of the early 20th century is being revived with Tiffany & Co.’s latest acquisition: a D-color oval diamond surpassing 80 carats that was responsibly sourced in Botswana, Africa. The stone will set by Tiffany artisans in New York City in a necklace inspired by a style that premiered at the 1939 World’s Fair, to be unveiled in 2022. It is expected to be the most expensive diamond ever offered by Tiffany & Co., eclipsed only by the 128.54 carat Tiffany Diamond, which is famously not for sale (worn by both Audrey Hepburn and Lady Gaga alike).

 

A New Documentary “Deconstructs the Myth” of Audrey Hepburn
Hepburn’s granddaughter, Emma Ferrer, reflects on the star’s iconic legacy, her deep insecurities, and the new Audrey documentary.

“You know, one thing I’ve learned about my grandmother is that she was an incredibly private person. So I wonder, even in today’s society, whether she would have been open to really talk about certain things that she was going through. I’m not sure that that would really change. One of the things my dad always says is, “No one has ever really said anything bad about Audrey Hepburn.” But I think that’s because she really kind of curated her image in a very particular way. The Audrey that we know and that we see on-screen and the photographs, they were all sort of planned and everything had to be very carefully crafted, in terms of the image that she put forward to the world.”

 

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Have Separated After Six Years of Marriage
It’s the end of an era.

West’s behavior in the past year—including an unsuccessful presidential run and revealing private family matters in public—may have influenced her decision to end their marriage. Reportedly, Kardashian encouraged West to Wyoming so they could quietly and civilly proceed with their divorce.

 

You Don’t Like My Politics? I Don’t Need Your Business.
Got privilege? It’s way past time to use it for good.

“We will never eat at your restaurant again, and we will tell all our friends and neighbors that you support a Marxist organization,” read the email. My head almost exploded. Kenneth S—an unfamiliar customer of my small New Orleans neighborhood bistro—was following up on the “delicious” meal he had just picked up. He was so offended by two small Black Lives Matter prints in my front windows that while the New Orleans restaurant economy was in apocalyptic free fall, he felt he felt empowered to destroy my business, taking my struggling staff down with it. He concluded that he “wants to help local businesses during these tough times.”

Edible Gardening in the Renaissance
Gardening is…well…as old as grass, and while we may have modern innovations like hybrid seeds, tractors, and automatic irrigation systems, the gardens of today aren’t that much different from those of the Renaissance. Many of the fruits and vegetables we enjoy today were commonplace in a Renaissance garden. The only difference is perhaps that in that period (about 1350 to 1600 in Europe), much of the produce grown was part of a peasant diet, while meats were reserved for the upper classes. Now, low-income communities are offered fast-food chains instead of vegetable stands in areas considered to be “food deserts.”

 

5 Looks That Prove Diane Keaton Is In A Style League Of Her Own
Happy birthday, Diane Keaton! The Hollywood star, who turned 75 on 5 January, is still at the top of her fashion game after five decades in the spotlight. Since the beginning of her career in the ’70s, the actor has cultivated a timeless look that is completely unique to her – and her style, full of tailoring and voluminous skirts, has only become better with age.

 

Makeup Is a Form of Empowerment
Makeup has become a tool of expression and a piece of independence I always longed for. As a disabled, Black, and queer woman, the freedom that comes with being able to show my family and friends the thing I did on my own is unmatched.

One thing about living through a pandemic is — at least for those of us looking to protect ourselves and others by wearing masks and only going out when necessary — we spend a lot of time staring at the same four walls of bedrooms, living rooms, and bathrooms. Trying to be productive without crumbling under the weight of the world is not easy. At the start of quarantine, everyone was making bread while I panicked about money. Next came the Animal Crossing phase, which I skipped in favor of playing Scrabble Go on my phone, cycling through a few other games along the way. After the sheen of games wore off, I started to play around with the little bit of makeup I had.

 

 

 

 

[Photo Credit: archello.com]

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