T LOunge for January 8, 2021

Posted on January 08, 2021

Hendl Fischerei Mountain Bar and Lounge – Leogang, Austria


Take it in, darlings. Grab something warm and woolly, pick a spot, breathe in that cold mountain air and let the sun silently caress you with all its Vitamin D goodness. The world is brisk, bright and wide open. Shut up, yes it is.

Today is Friday in the 17th week of 2021. Huzzah.

Once again, we urge all kittens to take a break from the goings-on outside and let us distract you in our usual clownish ways. We have returned with a brand new curated selection of hand-crafted artisanal distractions for today’s menu. Please avail yourself heartily.


These Mother-Daughter Jewelry Designers Took Their Dreamy Collection on a Traveling “Truck Show”
Of Rare Origin, a statement fine-jewelry label founded by sisters Thea and Octavia Giovannini-Torelli and their mother Leslie Tcheyan in 2016, created what they called their very personal, very fabulous traveling “truck show.” They fixed up a secondhand flatbed truck outside of their family home in Montauk and crafted a charming storefront on wheels, fashioned to look like a small, summery Italian kiosk complete with an Aperol Spritz bar and a sunny boudoir for their sculptural, whimsical gems. They set off on an adventure in the American South, taking their jewels to South Carolina, Tennessee, Louisiana, Georgia, and North Carolina.


Michelle Obama Said She “Hurts For Our Country” After Pro-Trump Mob Storms the Capitol
Michelle Obama said she “hurt[s] for our country” after a mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building on Wednesday, condemning the “infantile and idiotic” outgoing president and comparing the brutality inflicted on peaceful Black Lives Matter protestors by law enforcement with the mild treatment of the pro-Trump rioters.
“I woke up yesterday elated by the news of Reverend Raphael Warnock’s election victory,” Obama began a statement shared on social media. “In just a few hours, though, my heart had fallen harder and faster than I can remember. Like all of you, I watched as a gang—organized, violent, and mad they’d lost an election—laid siege to the United States Capitol.”


They Say This Isn’t America. For Most Of Us, It Is.
Why do we keep telling ourselves the same stories about this country?

Like so many of us, I started the morning hopeful. I woke up to the news that Reverend Raphael Warnock—a Black liberation preacher; a sexual health advocate; a man, in short, too good for U.S. politics—had been elected as Georgia’s first Black senator in history and only the 11th Black senator in U.S. history. I’d forgotten the knowledge my family had, the story we knew, the truth that every Black family knows in this country: that whiteness reacts with rage and violence whenever it feels Blackness has encroached on its space. This encroachment is always read as a threat, and the violence against it is always read as justified, as understandable.


The Best Photos of the Bhutanese Royal Family, Starring the Adorable Prince Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck
Don’t sleep on this charming royal family.

Bhutan’s King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema are quite a couple. The King ascended the throne when he was still in his twenties, and married his Queen (a commoner!) in 2011. Both were educated in England, and are said to share a love of art.
In 2016, they welcomed their first son, an adorable young royal named Prince Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck. Recently, they had a second child—and, like the rest of his family, the baby boy is quite photogenic.


The Bold and the Beautiful: Chicories Will Brighten Any Plate
How chefs are embracing the bitter vegetable this winter.

Chicories grab your attention. These furled, bitter plants, which pop up when cold weather hits, come in all shapes, some resembling roses, or peonies, or lilies with ruffled petals. Some look like torpedoes or tiny footballs; others resemble scraggly mops of hair that could belong to a Muppet. (Look at a large head of frisée—you’ll see.) In winter at the farmers market, cooks gravitate toward their glossy leaves, which might be pink, burgundy streaked with bolts of white, or a dappled chartreuse, their bold colors a rare break from winter’s root vegetable pallor.


Andra Day is Billie Holiday
As the lead in Lee Daniels’ new Billie Holiday biopic, actress Andra Day delivers a supernova performance, which brings the lady of blues’ many facets into dazzling focus in our V128 Cover Story.
I hope this is a revelation. First of all, telling Black women’s stories is huge for me. I would have people tell me, “You’re never going to do a role like this. There aren’t many roles for Black women.” And I’ve said this multiple times, but to me, that statement is baffling. I don’t understand. One of the biggest things is I wanted people to get to know her. We have to understand that a lot of [Black people’s] stories have been intentionally kept from people, and that the history we hear is not accurate. You cannot tell American history or world history without telling African history. You have to understand how much of our history has been wiped off the map because that was their goal. With Billie, the narrative basically eradicated her, or tried to, but they couldn’t because she was too famous. So they told the story but they spun it in a different way. I want this to tell the truth of our narrative. I want it to be a revelation like, “Okay, apparently I’ve been lied to about a lot of these stories.”


The Hidden Meanings Behind Bridgerton’s Sumptuous Jewels
These costumes—which are so lavish they’ll likely be one of the first things you notice while watching Bridgerton—are in line with the Rhimes ethos. And the regency-era wardrobe put together by costume designer Ellen Mirojnick is flashy and ostentatious, sure. But what’s really eye-catching is the jewelry: diamonds, rubies, and emeralds galore, adorned by the cast of characters—from the ambitious Bridgerton and Featherington families to the Queen, Lady Danbury, and the Duke of Hastings. Any costuming choice for just about every television show or movie is almost certainly no accident, but according to fine jeweler Sheryl Jones, Bridgerton’s choice in gemstones is especially telling of the drama that unfolds on screen, whether you realize it or not.


How Social Media Made the Trump Insurrection a Reality
For decades, Trump has used the media—conservative media, mainstream media, celebrity tabloids, and whoever else would give him a microphone—to burnish his brand, to hawk his wares, and to make the unimaginable, such as a Trump Presidency, start to seem imaginable. For years, he and other autocrats have used Facebook and Twitter to promote their agendas and solidify their power, breaking the platforms’ rules with impunity. “The idea that fake news on Facebook . . . influenced the election in any way, I think, is a pretty crazy idea,” Mark Zuckerberg said in November, 2016, two days after Trump was elected.


This Activist Was Annoyed By The Sexist Dictionary Definition Of “Woman”. So She Got It Changed
Deciding to take matters into her own hands, Giovanardi wrote letters questioning the dictionary entry, but says no one got back to her. In June 2019, she wrote an essay for Medium explaining why it was imperative that the current dictionary definition for “woman” be changed. By the end of the month, she had launched a petition that caught the attention of the Guardian. “I’m so grateful to the Guardian,” says Giovanardi. “By the third day we had like 150 signatures, but they published a double-page spread in print. It gave so much authority to the campaign and really explained the issue.”


Looking at the Real and Imagined Paintings of Bridgerton
How the TV romance uses art to comment on race and gender

In Bridgerton, the period melodrama from Shondaland streaming on Netflix, art is everywhere, and everyone is talking about it. Set in early 19th-century England, the series focuses on the high-born Bridgerton family as its eldest daughter navigates the complex rituals of the 1813 debutante season. Art, and how the characters engage with it, underscore the racial and sexual politics that drive the show’s narrative.
The show’s novel concept centers on the question of Queen Charlotte’s biracial identity. It imagines that “England’s first Black queen” has integrated British society and that racial equality is an accepted fact of life. Indeed, the interracial romance of the main protagonists, Daphne Bridgerton and Simon, Duke of Hastings, is the least scandalous aspect of their relationship.
The paintings gracing the walls of the Queen’s splendid residences are also diverse. The show’s production designers have created portraits of Black aristocrats to hang alongside well-known paintings of white nobles by artists like Anthony van Dyck and Thomas Gainsborough.


Stacey Abrams Is Already The Most Influential Woman Of 2021
Right now, people can’t stop talking about one woman: Stacey Abrams. The US politician and activist has largely been credited with recent voting successes for the Democrats in the formerly red state of Georgia. On 6 January, Black voters turned out in record numbers for Georgia’s crucial Senate runoff elections. According to the Associated Press, 4.4 million votes were cast. The outcome? Democratic Senate candidates, Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff defeated the Republican incumbents Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue.


Beauty Truths – Gemma Chan On ‘Asian’ Bowl Cuts, Representation And Ageing In Hollywood
‘As an actress it definitely crosses your mind that you’re going to be ageing in HD.’

Proud of her British Asian heritage, when the SAG award-nominated actress began her career, she presented an unfortunately rare representation of a more diverse type of beauty than that usually seen on Eurocentric screens. ‘There wasn’t a great deal of representation for people who looked like us or our family, it was very Eurocentric in the media and magazines. As a teenager, it was the 1990s, it was the era of the supermodels and those were the women you aspired to. It was an idea of beauty that was one thing. You weren’t seeing a great range of skin tones or different body types.’


How Harry and Meghan’s Royal Exit Led to an Unexpected Happy Ending
A year after their bombshell announcement, the Sussexes are putting down roots in Los Angeles, while the remaining royals are hard at work and as popular as ever.

What they’ve achieved is to be lauded,” says Jonathan Shalit, chairman and founder of InterTalent, the U.K.’s leading talent agency. “They’re doing well at building their brand.” Shalit notes that they have modeled themselves after the post-government roles of Tony Blair and his wife, Cherie, and Barack and Michelle Obama, and conducted themselves with class. “They’re building a professional team and the people they’ve hired seem very impressive and qualified. They’ve got a billion-dollar brand and I can see them going on to make hundreds of millions of dollars for their charities.”


52 Places to Love in 2021
We asked readers to tell us about the spots that have delighted, inspired and comforted them in a dark year. Here, 52 of the more than 2,000 suggestions we received, to remind us that the world still awaits.

Over the last 20 years I’ve traveled to South Wales about seven or eight times with my wife, and later our children, to visit family in a town near Swansea called Mumbles. (The name is a corruption of the French word for “breasts.”) It sits at the edge of the Gower Peninsula — a beautiful wild place that offers expansive beaches, medieval castles, hilltop trails, horses that graze near Stone Age ruins and picture-book villages with friendly pubs serving Sunday roasts and local ales in dark-wood booths.
Mumbles is homey and welcoming, yet we never saw tourists there. The roads are so small and narrow that getting from one place to another feels like it’s much farther than you actually travel.
Punctuated by weddings, births, graduations, anniversaries and deaths, our trips represented different stages in our lives. But each trip also seemed less like a visit to relatives in the old country than an escape to a secret, beautiful place that only we knew.





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